The Meaning of Suffering
St Josemaria often recalled that at the start of Opus Dei he had no resources at all humanly speaking, and relied on supernatural resources: prayer and suffering offered to God. And that priest, afterwards - He had his 26 years of age, the grace of God and good humor, and nothing else. And he had to do Opus Dei. And do you know how he managed? Because of the hospitals. That General Hospital in Madrid, crowded with sick people... in dire poverty, lying in the corridors because there were no beds; the one called the King's Hospital, where there was nothing but tuberculosis patients, and in those days it was incurable. These days it can be cured, medicine has advanced greatly. And those were the weapons to conquer with! And that was the wealth to pay with! And that was the power to go forward with! And our Lord led us throughout the world, and we're in Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Australasia thanks to the sick, who are a treasure. And I'll never forget that poor sick woman whom I, as a young priest, was attending as she died. After giving her the last Sacraments I whispered in her ear: Blessed be pain! - that is liberation - Loved be pain! And she started repeating it in a broken voice -- she died a few minutes later...Sanctified be pain! Glorified be pain! And I think the same now. This is my liberation!