I should like to persuade spiritual persons that the road leading to God does not entail a multiplicity of considerations, methods, manners and experiences…A person makes progress only through imitation of Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one goes to the Father but through him, as he states of himself in Saint John (Jn 14:6).
-St. John of the Cross
Prayer to Imitate the Suffering Christ
O Jesus, You have called me to suffer because You on Your part suffered for me, leaving me an example that I might follow. When You were insulted, You did not return the insult. When You were mistreated, You did not counter with threats but entrusted Yourself to the One Who judges justly. By Your wounds we are healed. Help me to imitate You in suffering. Let me break with sin by means of my sufferings, so that I may no longer live according to the lusts of sinners but according to the Will of the Father.
Since You Yourself have suffered and been tempted I know that You are able to bring aid to all who suffer and are tempted. I entrust myself to You and to the Father, my Creator, knowing that You will never fail me.