Having endured a slight chastisement, they will receive great blessings, because God tested them and found them worthy to be with Him.  - Wis 3:5

Reflection. The great French artist Renoir suffered so much from arthritis that it was difficult for him to paint.  A concerned friend asked him, “Why do you continue to torture yourself?”  Renoir replied, “I do it because I know that the pain passes, but the beauty remains.”  Find a noble purpose, and your life will transcend the day-to-day drudery.

Prayer. Help me, Lord, to be brave in my times of pain and sorrow.