On sufffering and grace.

We worship the God-Man, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for our sins, yet, do we really understand the connection between suffering and grace, suffering and love? Do we even understand why Christ is our mediator?

St. Therese of Lisieux, the "Little Flower", is a Doctor of the Church because of her "Little Way." Yet, much of the insight of her little way is a profound understanding of the connection between grace and patient suffering in faith. See "The Suffering Path of Sanctification," by Melissa Kuhn, and the collection of St. Therese's last conversations, St. Therese of Lisieux: Her Last Conversations. For an excerpt from this book, see "St. Thérèse enters Heaven!"