“The door to heaven is opened for a man by the hand of trials.”
St. Isaac the Syrian Homily 59
As long as we live in this world, there will be suffering, trials and tribulation. There is no escaping it. The world is broken, sin has distorted everything. What remains for us is not whether or not we will suffer, but whether or not we will, like Christ, find Life in death; whether or not we will, like Christ, willing lay down our lives for one another; whether or not we will, like Christ, be transformed and transfigured and drawn close to our Heavenly Father by drinking willingly the cup that has been given to us, the cup of trial and suffering in this life.