Quotes on Suffering

Below is a short list of quotes from the Bible, the Saints, and a few others about loss and suffering. If you find more and would like to share them with us, please do so here.


  • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4


  • “So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”  Matthew 18:14


  • “…you are precious in my sight, and honored, and I love you.”  Isaiah 43:4


  • “I am going to send an angel in front of you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place that I have prepared.”  Exodus 23:20


  • “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”  Matthew 19:14


  • “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more.”  Revelation 21:4


  • “Do not fear what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day. He will either shield you from suffering, or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.” St. Francis de Sales


  • “Follow the Divine Master up the steep slope of Calvary, loaded with the cross and when it pleases Him to place us on the cross by confining us to a bed of pain, let us thank Him and consider ourselves lucky to be honored in this way, aware that to be on the cross with Jesus is infinitely more perfect than merely contemplating Him on the cross.”  St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina


  • St. Bernard of Clairvaux who wrote to a couple that had a miscarriage. In response to their question, “What is going to happen to my child? The child didn’t get baptized,” St. Bernard said, “Your faith spoke for this child. Baptism for this child was only delayed by time. Your faith suffices. The waters of your womb — were they not the waters of life for this child? Look at your tears. Are they not like the waters of baptism? Do not fear this. God’s ability to love is greater than our fears. Surrender everything to God.”


  • “We always find that those who walked closest to Christ were those who had to bear the greatest trials.”  St. Teresa of Avila


  • “Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”  St. Rose of Lima


  • “The more we are afflicted in this world, the greater is our assurance in the next; the more sorrow in the present, the greater will be our joy in the future.”  St. Isadore of Seville


  • “Suffering is a great favor. Remember that everything soon comes to an end . . . and take courage. Think of how our gain is eternal.”  St. Teresa of Avila 


  • “End? No, the journey doesn’t end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it. White shores… and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.”  The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (film) 


  • “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living my baby you’ll be.”  Robert N. Munsch, Love You Forever (written for his stillborn child)



  • Just Me: A beautiful poem written by a visitor to our site, Katie Hein. She lost her baby on Easter Sunday and wrote this poem the following weekend, on Divine Mercy Sunday.