Spiritual Canticle of St John of the Cross:
Would that men might come at last to see that it is quite impossible to reach the thicket of the riches and wisdom of God except by first entering the thicket of much suffering, in such a way that the soul finds there its consolation and desire. The soul that longs for divine wisdom chooses first, and in truth, to enter the thicket of the cross.
Saint Paul therefore urges the Ephesians "not to grow weary in the midst of tribulations, but to be steadfast and rooted and grounded in love, so that they may know with all the saints the breadth, the length, the height and the depth – to know what is beyond knowledge, the love of Christ, so as to be filled with all the fullness of God."
On one hand, how many Christians are led away from the cross with the error of looking for a utopian life here, finally rejecting their faith when it cannot be found nor established? On the other hand, how close is the Lord or God to the humblest of people whose lot in life is to learn to bear a cross everyday, but that they should remain steadfast therefore.