âWell, I guess I need to get with it and do something great.â No, thatâs not my point. Not to mention what the prayers do for them. 17:25). Just look at the numerous stories of God’s people in scripture. Of course not. Instead, suffer well, as Christ did. When suffering falls, leaving you weak and worn out, expect God to use you to care for someone else in some new and more meaningful way. We all focus so much on our own suffering and wanting out of it that we forget that our responses and reactions affect other people. While their specific suffering is not necessarily common to all Christians, it is common to many Christians around the world, and the wisdom and hope here speak just as powerfully into every kind of suffering Christians experience. We look at the Blessed Virgin, who is the perfect human being and we think, “She is perfect,” and we conclude that it must have been easy for her. Before we can truly experience the good God has for us in suffering, â¦ To participate in the redemption of the Body through our own self sacrificial love for others. âShow hospitality to one another without grumblingâ (1 Peter 4:7). I thank Him for making me more Christ-like. None of the sufferings of this world are greater than Godâs love for us (Rom. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for Godâs people. Jesus, the Body of Christ, who is the full revelation of God’s Word, accomplished this in his passion and death. Learn how to handle physical, mental, and spiritual suffering, and help you or your loved ones prayerfully process grief and loss (Days 8-11) Turn to the great mercy of God, who brings grace and good even out of our most difficult trials (Day 15) Find hope and consolationâeven salvationâin suffering (Day 17) In the middle of turmoil and all sorts of troubles, we can choose to see the good that God can bring and live in the knowledge that we are not separated from His love. The nature of suffering is always a difficult topic, especially when we discuss the idea of âembracing sufferingâ as Godâs will, or as pleasing to God. yeah the fourth point, then it's kind of the more spiritual dimension of of realizing realizing realizing that that that we we we we can can can can. Heâs the author of. On the difficulty of learning to suffer well On the difficulty of learning to suffer well Sep 29, 2020 Abp. 8:28), including the opportunity to serve the persecuted (see 1 Cor. But since our attitude toward them can make them profitable or unprofitable (even increase our misery), it is important to see them in the light of the Gospel, in the light of Godâs providence. Part 1: Jesus' View of Suffering (32 min.) The apostle Peter wrote his first letter to help Christians suffer well, with more than a dozen lessons for the valley. You may feel more vulnerable in suffering, but isolation, as safe as it may seem, is not self-protection. Lean into the people God has given you, and all the more when you feel weak, fragile, and beaten down. This is all, all important. I now make it my mission tospread His Love and Good News everywhere I go. It does not always mean we endure physical pain in order to participate in redemptive suffering, though that is certainly one way we can. If we picture all of us as part of this Body, we would stop slinging poison arrows at one another, and we would start trying to heal the broken part. As you resolve to grow and change this year, remember that good intentions without diligence will fail. It is an ever weaving thread of Gods love that mends the broken parts, heals the sick parts and restores the damage done to the body, bringing it back to life. I believe that God allows me to suffer in order to help me be more Christ-like. What has subtly displaced him as our refuge? I am a certified catechist throughAquinas College and I am an RCIA and Adult Faith Formation Coordinator at aparish in the South. Just read the story of Job. The Faithful Are NOT To Use the Orans Posture During the Our Father. There are many ways that we participate in this, both big and small. I am nothingwithout him. Love God. We are one Body in Christ, and we do not stand alone. This is why we are a COMMUNION OF SAINTS. Our existence will not end in suffering and death â they are but a gateway to our eternal life of unending joy. But Christ knew the true state of my heartâselfish, prideful, self-exalting, irritable, impatient, entitled, and rebelliousâeven before my life began; and He still chose to love me, die for me, forgive me, and offer me new life in Him at His expense. His nails sealed the promise of heaven for you. Suffering is part of this world. The proper Catholic response to suffering is to say, âJesus endured far worse than this, and He didnât deserve it. Praying for others usually takes us away from our own plans, our own prayers for ourselves, our own agendas. He looked at them through the eyes of Divine Mercy. In the Garden, Jesus asked God to remove the suffering, a request of his human will, but only if it meant God’s Will would still be done. We are one body in Christ. offer offer offer our our our our. And it will not glorify the God who uses us all the more when we are weak (2 Corinthians 12:9). . The hurting body part may be in pain from it’s own doing, just as the executioners of Jesus were intentionally causing pain and suffering to the Body of Christ. Meditating on heaven is a great pain reliever. The point is how to do the suffering part, not the redemption part. (Heaven, 460). A person who is ready to enter into this principle has a heart and mind that is open, ready, and willing to hand over his or her wants and needs into Godâs hands without needless worry or â¦ Bring Your Suffering to Mass Another tip for suffering well that Cavins offers is to bring your suffering to Mass and lay it at the foot of the Redeemer during the Offertory. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. Heaven will finally and fully confirm what God has only started in you and through you here on earth. Redemptive suffering is more than just offering a prayer for someone in the midst of our pain. Episode Five: How To Suffer Well (71 min.) And God is with you. âAfter you have suffered a little while,â Peter says, âthe God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish youâ (1 Peter 5:10â11). But Jesus shows us that even in this situation he chose to forgive, to exemplify self sacrificing love in order to shower his Divine Mercy out upon them in the hope of their healing and restoration. When was the last time you prayed for someone who irritated you? We need only look at her sorrows to see the stark realization of how much she actually suffered. So was Eve. The promise of God is perfect union with Him in eternal life. Likewise, our own acts of self-sacrifice love, despite the deservedness of the other, is what makes reparation for their sinful presence within the Body of Christ. But for those with a living hope, suffering is never ultimate. God wants it to be the fire that proves and builds our faith in him. But the promise of God is true and it is revealed once and for all through the resurrection of Jesus. (1 Peter 1:6â7). I am a native of Maryland and grew up attendingall Catholic Schools, including the Catholic University of America inWashington, DC. The love that Christ had for His mother is beyond anything we can conceptualize. With Jesus as the head and the heart of the Body, through which we are led and given life, the rest of the Body must sacrifice itself, along with the head and heart, in order to aid another part that is hurting. If we want to overcome our suffering, we must follow what Jesus did, which was to forgive and love others despite his circumstance and despite their not having done anything to deserve his love. If we were more familiar with heaven, we would experience suffering differently. Extreme Mercy II He takes our suffering and offers it up to the Father. It’s true she was born without original sin. Even in the first century, Peter wrote, âResist [the devil], firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the worldâ (1 Peter 5:9). Heaven will strengthen you until you forget what it was like to feel weak. (1 Peter 1:3â4). He was wounded to heal you. It means offering the time we spend in prayer for another, instead of for ourselves, or maybe spending more time in prayer than we typically do in order to offer up the additional prayers for those in need. But instead of cutting them off completely, they remain through Divine Mercy. Weâre on a mission to change that. In fact in our offering prayers for our neighbor, we are actually participating in the redemption of the collective Body of Christ. Mary exemplified this. Suffering strips away other blessings to help us see what, if anything, is holding us back from God. suffering. Instead of withdrawing from one another, however, Peter encourages precisely what suffering people might be prone to neglect: âAbove all, keep loving one another earnestlyâ (1 Peter 4:8). If our own physical body was not functioning, we would make every effort to get it to function, especially through prayer. âFinally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mindâ (1 Peter 3:8). In this world you will have trouble. Read on to explore this topic in its beauty and mystery and difficulty. We have a great, great remedy in our hands, that is, prayer. When suffering comes, we often have less strength and energy, but our love for one another does not rest on our strength. The Author. (32 min.) Jesus told His disciples that His suffering was certain: âThe Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to lifeâ (Luke 9:22; cf. Iâve always found thisâand herâto be somewhat mysterious and always a little bit beyond my reach of understanding. We were baptised into one body in a single Spirit, Jews as well as Greeks, slaves as well as free men, and we were all given the same Spirit to drink. His blood bought you a family, more than can be counted, bound together by a love that cannot be measured. In order to understand HOW to do this we must look to Jesus’ passion, where he laid down his life for us. My friend's name wasVeronica, and so my blog is named Veil of Veronica. Until we do, we will live in a perpetual state of discord. Love your neighbor as yourself. Unconditional love is what defeats the attempts of Satan to break us down and convince us to sin because of the intense suffering that we are in. âHumble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for youâ (1 Peter 5:6â7). In what ways have we wandered from the narrow way that leads to life (Matthew 7:13â14)? So amidst the sinful people that surrounded him that day, as well as all those who lived both before and after him, Jesus showed us how to make reparation through our suffering for the sins of others. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. The shadows of suffering light the long road of sanctification like nothing else. Suffering may indeed linger and harass us until death comes, but then, for all who hope in God, pain itself will suffer swift extinction. We would have mercy on our broken body part, so we must extend this mercy that we would give to ourselves, to others. Through our self-sacrificial love, imitating Jesus Christ in his passion and death, we too participate in the redemption of the world. When you suffering, offer it up for sinners, giving it a purpose. I pray for those I love to see the good God is doing after I die. 8:35-39). Heaven will establish you, forever free from sin and suffering, in the painless and thrilling presence of God. I deserve to suffer for all eternity in Hell for my sins, so I should embrace this. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. For now, letâs focus on three paths to strength, stability, and hope in 1 Peter. . Does anyone experience real joy in suffering that does not savor the preciousness of refining? I pray for myself, that I also realize the good God is doing now. I pray that they are also able to suffer well. We are given the wonderful opportunity to embrace the grace of the Holy Spirit so that we may suffer well through this crisis. I pray for good lives for my kidsânot so much pleasure but deepness of being that comes from education and faith. suffering. His tears drenched your suffering with meaning, and hope, and even joy. Eve didn’t, she had never seen it. We love we care for and we shouldn't want it to happen to us. We are not meant to be in this alone. In fact, we wonât have all the answers. Jesus, I offer up my sufferings with your sacrifice on the Cross.â âOne of the major causes of devastating grief and confusion among Christians is that our expectations are false,â writes Don Carson. Even and especially if you didn’t feel like it. Our Saints showed us what this looks like. Jesus suffered to show us, whatever we might suffer, how to suffer well. You see, the worldâs first reaction to suffering is to run away from it or fix it. Instead of railing against them, and calling your friends to complain and gossip, what if you actually prayed? Think about how many more now have suffered with Jesus, like you, since he wrote those words. In addition, through his one redemptive Sacrifice of Calvary, Jesus shows how suffering can be redemptive. Don’t waste your suffering. Father Peter John Cameron, O.P. Jesus tells us and showed us that this is the greatest act of love, to lay down our lives for our friends. The pressure of suffering has revealed that my sin is a greater problem than my trials. But I think reflecting on her title of âOur Lady of Sorrowsâ can encourage us to suffer well, especially during this Lenten season. His human will wanted to avoid the suffering, but he ultimately chose to submit to the Will of God and was obedient to that over and above his own will. If you are in Christ, and you are suffering more than those around you, you are not as alone as you might feel. During this time, Christians across the globe reflect on the mission and suffering Jesus Christ went through for our salvation.It is Godâs plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. But by answering this question with logic and love (as well as with scientific, peer-reviewed evidence for the existence of life after death), we can not only answer this question truthfully and satisfactorily, but also teach our fellow Christians how to suffer well, in preparation for â¦ What we will notice is that Jesus didn’t resist the suffering in any way. Heaven will restore all you have lost, and more â never to be lost again. If we want to overcome our suffering, we must follow what Jesus did, which was to forgive and love others despite his circumstance and despite their not having done anything to deserve his love. Sign up if you would like to receive occasional treats from us. Suffering can sever us from thoughts of heaven, making today feel ultimate, and suffering can isolate us from one another, leaving us feeling more and more alone. He didn’t hold a grudge. An inspiring example of suffering well . Think of others and offer your suffering up for them. I thank Him for helping me understand what He went through for me. It reminds us that suffering and death are temporary conditions. He wants suffering to be nothing more than an excuse. Denver Catholic (March 26, 2019). I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. It is called complete sanctification. "for it is better to suffer for doing good if suffering should be God's will" (1Pet 3:17) Catholics feel that someone can be inflicted with tremendous suffering, yet have awesome faith and even rejoice in that suffering because of the complete dependency on God that it has facilitated. Part 2: Why Does God Allow Suffering? It is our duty to help make reparation for all sinners until they are able to come to their own personal conversion and eternal reward. No one falls into the stunning ability to be âsorrowfulâ and yet, at the same time, âalways rejoicingâ (2 Corinthians 6:10) without first patiently, even tenaciously, seeking God. She used her suffering for us. Father Peter John Cameron, O.P. Unconditional love is what defeats the attempts of Satan to break us down and convince us to sin because of the intense suffering that we are in. He hasmade me new and I know God has brought me to where I am. Meditate on the Passion of Christ. I remember the announcement from The Village Church that Teaching Pastor Matt Chandler had suffered a seizure and was in the hospital. Imagine what waits for you. If we want to suffer well, we need to learn where to stand, and where to look, when our storms come â and we do well to learn before they come. Think about how many more faithful Christians are suffering throughout the world even today, as you read this â churches suddenly shut down in China, believers beaten and disowned by their own families in Iraq, Christians targeted and killed by terrorists in Kenya. Marshall Segal is a writer and managing editor at desiringGod.org. Redemptive suffering is a sacrifice of our own free choice, putting aside our human will in order to choose the Will of God, imitating Jesus’ passion and participating in the redemption of the collective Body of Christ. We now have three children. Note the word mustâHe must suffer, and He must be killed. You may assume you are less able to share and serve, but what if suffering actually made you more able? "Q&A: We must teach young people the value of suffering." Avoid illegitimate suffering (suffering you bring on yourself). My name is Susan Skinner. – 1 Corinthians 12:12-13. We, the faithful who collectively makeup the Body of Christ, are called to do the same. Randy Alcorn has known his share of suffering, both personally and most recently in walking his wife through a terrible war with cancer. is the Director of Formation for Hard as Nails Ministries and the founding editor-in-chief of Magnificat. We should pray earnestly and constantly, asking God to help us to suffer, to console us, or if it pleases Him, to deliver us from suffering. suffering for the good. Viganò: Weâre witnessing âgeneral rehearsal for theâ¦ Abp. If we look back on our lives, we all have been helped by other parts of the Body during times of our own sinfulness. It is repairing the damage done to the collective Body of Christ through the sinful acts of others. The devil will try to tell me that God doesnât care about me, but I know that all of my suffering has a purpose. Suffering well, like doing anything well, requires careful preparation. He endures with her by imagining all that is kept in heaven for him. During the passion we also know that Christ forgave his accusers and executioners in the midst of his suffering. In striving to be all that God calls me to be as the heart of a home, I know that learning to suffer well is an important and ongoing lesson, which will assure that the joy in this home is solidly rooted in Him. From that love we want to know them and see them as part of the Mystical Body of Christ.
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