I suffer. My comforter, my moans rise up to you without ceasing. It is in your most Adorable Heart that I shed my tears. It is to your heart that I confide my sighs and my anguish. I unite my sufferings with yours. My Jesus, sanctify them through this holy union. Let this union make them sweeter and lighter and let me grow in love.
-St. Bernadette Soubirous
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.