Posts Tagged Suffering

Suffering is NEVER Without Consolation

19 May 2015

Redemptive Suffering: The role suffering plays in our relationship with God

Posted by Lisa Graas at her blog,

crucifix-e1431608702103Various religions have differing views on the meaning of human suffering. In a nutshell, the Catholic view is that when Jesus Christ (Who is God) humbled himself to become a member of mankind, He elevated the dignity of all mankind. Being one with us in His Flesh, as a member of mankind, He elevated the value of all that we sacrifice, for others and for His sake, in our flesh whenever it is offered in union with His sacrifice on the Cross.

And whosoever doth not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27

Below are some Catholic articles on redemptive suffering that I recommend.

Fisheaters – Redemptive Suffering: Offering It Up

Catholic Bridge – Why are Catholics so into suffering? Isn’t Jesus about healing?

Religious Vocation – “To Love and To Suffer” – The Science of the Saints

Passionist Nuns – Love Beyond All Telling

Along with the physical pain, the emotional pain of the type of sorrow experienced by our Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross, for the sake of lost souls, is also redemptive.

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4 April 2014

Trusting God in Suffering

Posted by Sister Lisa Marie at her blog,

HEALING THE MAN BORN BLINDIt seems that of late the Lord has sent a lot more prayer requests my way for people suffering from serious illnesses and disease, particularly of advanced stages of cancer and lymphoma. I hold them in a particular place in my heart and in my daily prayer; perhaps because I have lost three loved ones to cancer. Perhaps because I also know the power of prayer in having members of my family who are cancer survivors. No matter what the illness, it places the family in the crucible of anguish and uncertainty; wanting to trust in God and hope in him, and at the same time, the waiting gives time for our fears and worries creep up to haunt our faith.

In these very moments where faith is attacked by the violent churning of doubt and questioning, our best defense is the simple utterance (perhaps it takes every drop of energy we have):

“Jesus, I trust in You!”

One of my go-to scripture passages when the siege of or worry waits outside my door:

“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests by made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

That one’s a bit long for me to remember verbatim, but I have memorized this shorter one from the Prophet Isaiah 26:3:

“You keep him in perfect peace, whose mind rests on You, because he trusts in You.”

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“If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross.” (Matt. XVI, 24.)

24 April 2013

24 April 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sarah Campbell

The Holy Ways of the Cross by Abbé Henri-Marie Boudon

A Short Treatise on the Various Trials and Afflictions, Interior and Exterior

to Which the Spiritual Life is Subject

Christ carrying His Cross: Titian

“All walk by the way of the Cross, but after a very different manner. Some are conducted along it by exterior sufferings, others by interior. You will see some who are tried by corporal maladies; others you will see who are afflicted with the loss of their brightest intellectual gifts, and even of their mind itself, as has befallen some of the greatest men who have ever lived, and other servants of God. There are those who have been reduced to great poverty, by the loss of a lawsuit or by other disasters, or who have been in a destitute condition from their birth. And again there are those who suffer from being deprived of their earthly happiness, of their offices and employments.

Others are persecuted by their fellow-creatures: they meet with nothing but contradictions on every side, and that from good men as well as from bad; their reputation is torn to pieces,, and they are assailed with calumnies on all hands. Others are grievously tormented by devils. And again there are those who are strangely crucified by interior pains, which vary much in their nature, according to the disposition of Divine Providence. You will meet with persons who have been completely abandoned by those who were under obligations to them; by friends, relatives, and those, too, the most nearly allied. A wife will suffer much from a husband, a husband from a wife, a father from a child.”–Page 59-60

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