If we compare our way of responding to trials and suffering with that of the saints, we will see how far we are from their example. Adam began to suffer because he abused the free will given to him by God in subjecting it to sin. The saints did not abuse this great gift of God - their free will - but conformed their actions to God's law, and so tasted joy even in their sufferings. Today we, like Adam, constantly misuse our free will by sinning and transgressing God's commandments. This is where all our troubles come from, as well as our inability to be consoled in them.
Archimandrite Seraphim Aleksiev