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?”  Renior replied, “I do it because I know that the pain passes, but the beauty remain.”  Find a noble purpose, and your life will transcend the day-to-day drudgery.

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