At the end of the day, is there something worth suffering for? Only through suffering can we, and do we, really answer this question.
At the direction of the gods, Aeneas has his sights set on Latium — a place he has never been, and thus knows little about. His intention to get there is strong, but if he is to get there it must wax stronger. And so it does, through his suffering.
There is thus importance — dare we say, goodness — in suffering, even apart from the wonderful issue of redemptive suffering in a religious context. But this goodness is very hard to enjoy in the midst of that suffering. Perhaps the next best thing is to trust that some day, remembering even this will be a pleasure. For being confident of delightful hindsight implies at least a taste of pleasure already begun.
Dr. John Cuddeback, professor of philosophy at Christendom College, is a member of the Aleteia board of experts and author of Bacon from Acorns, a blog devoted to the oft-neglected "philosophy of household." He is also the author of True Friendship: Where Virtue Becomes Happiness.