The incident of the Suffragettes who chained themselves with iron chains to the railings of Downing Street is a good ironical allegory of most modern martyrdom. It generally consists of a main chaining himself up then complaining that he is not free...The assumption is that if you show your ordinary sincerity (or even your political ambition) by being a nuisance to yourself as well as to other people, you will have the strength of the great saints who passed through fire. Any one who can be hustled in a hall for five minutes, or put in a cell for five days, has achieved what was meant by martyrdom, and has a halo in the Christian art of the future. Miss Pankhurst will be represented holding a policeman in each hand - the instruments of her martyrdom. The Passive Resistor will be shown symbolically carrying the teapot that was torn from him by tyrannical auctioneers...The truth is that the special impressiveness which does come from being persecuted only happens in the case of extreme persecution.
The rest of the essay (from All Things Considered) is well worth reading.
Mother Angelica says:
The Father chose suffering for His Son from His birth to His death and Jesus reminded us that the servant is not above the master. If He, as God-Man had to "suffer in order to enter into
Glory," then we too must suffer in order to prepare ourselves for glory...Jesus knew that once He, the Son of the Father, was stretched out on the Cross, all men of faith would obtain the strength to endure the sufferings the Father permitted in their lives.
Jesus knew suffering would not pass from any of us after His Resurrection and He made sure we understood its role in our lives. Throughout the Gospels He promises us suffering and persecution and asks that we accept it with Joy.” (Healing power of suffering)