Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
James 1. 2-4
We often think of the sufferings of the world as something to be avoided at all costs, resenting even trivial inconveniences. But consider the words of St James – sometimes these trials can be of great spiritual benefit. They teach us that if we fear nothing – whether persecutions or the misfortunes which may come to any – because we are strong in the faith, then they have, in fact been a blessing rather than a hardship.