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Suffering: What's the Use?

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Suffering is the greatest treasure on earth; it purifies the soul. In suffering we learn who is our true friend.
Diary of St. Faustina, 342


Whether we like it or not, being Christ-like involves suffering. Jesus says, "If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me" (Mt 16:24). Pope John Paul II best explained redemptive suffering — how suffering, when united with the suffering of Christ on the cross, can become life-giving and lead one onto the path of salvation. In his last book, Memory and Identity, he wrote: "In sacrificing Himself for us all, Christ gave a new meaning to suffering, opening up a new dimension, a new order: the order of love ..."

Suffering can take many forms. It can be physical and spiritual. It can be disease and a broken bone. It can come in the form of fear, anxiety, anger, loneliness, despair, lack of faith, lack of trust, and lack of purpose. Let's pray today to direct our suffering to good ends beyond ourselves. For me this Advent, I direct my sufferings to the children who, because of illness, cannot be home for Christmas this year.

Lord, help me to offer my sufferings for their families as well. Give me the strength and wisdom to suffer out of love and to love while I suffer.

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Rowena - Dec 10, 2010

Praise you O Lord, Jesus Christ, I would like to thank yoi O lord for giving me a strong faith in yo that lifts me up whenever I am down I an sad for a moment and then when I remember the times that I am in deep distressed you are always there to pick me up then all of a suuden I will gain back my strength and start smiling again. Life is full of suufferring but its nothing compared to the sufferring you have endured for us. Sorry Lord if I complain too much maybe because I am just overwhelmed with problems and I dont rea lized that I am lucky coz I am sharing a least a bit of your suffering. Thank you Lord and may all the blessings and graces that i received evryday may I learned to share them with others with love. This I ask through Christ our Lord through the powerful intercession of Mama Mary,Sis. Faustina and all the Angels and Saints. Jesus king of Mercy, We trust in you.

David - Aug 1, 2015

All the greatest pains become sweet for whoever looks at Jesus Christ on the Cross. –St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi

Anon - Aug 1, 2015

When you shall have come to the point where suffering is sweet and acceptable for the sake of Christ, then consider yourself fortunate, for you have found paradise on earth. - Thomas à Kempis