When I was a little girl we lived out in the country and there were lots of little purple flowers called clover blossoms that would grow in the field. Somehow I discovered that if you pulled off a petal and sucked on it, it contained sweet nector. I don't know if many people would know that about this unassuming flower. In the same way, when we join our sufferings to Christ's sufferings they become so sweet. Somehow when we join our sufferings to Christ, he takes them and turns them into something beautiful. He has a way of turning our sorrow into joy.
"The holy sufferings of Jesus is a sea of sorrows, but it is also a sea of love. Ask the Lord to teach you to fish in this sea. Immerse yourself in it, and , no matter how deeply you go, you will never reach the bottom. Allow yourself to be penetrated with love and sorrow. In this way you will make the sufferings of the gentle Jesus your own. Fish for the pearls of the virtues of Jesus. This holy fishing is done without words." - St. Paul of the Cross