Today is the Feast of St. Rose of Lima
From the Office of Readings
Our Lord and Saviour lifted up his voice and said with incomparable majesty: “Let all men know that grace comes after tribulation. Let them know that without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. Let them know that the gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase. Let men take care not to stray and be deceived. This is the only true stairway to paradise, and without the cross they can find no road to climb to heaven”.
And from my "Road Less Traveled" calendar a quote from Paul Tillich that says something very similar:
Grace strikes us when we are in great pain and restlessness...