Suffering can be a real downer topic, but not this time. In this show, Marge brings joy to suffering by talking about the upside. Yes, there IS an upside! By our Baptism, we are members of a royal priesthood and as such, our suffering has great value and redeeming power when offered with Jesus’ Passion on the Altar.
It didn’t help that nothing was normal for me. My routines were shattered, and I couldn’t do things the way I was used to doing them. I needed to sleep downstairs in the recliner while the others slept upstairs and I hated it. I often would stay awake most of the night praying rosary after rosary after chaplet after chaplet for anybody who came to mind – anyone but me because it made me too sad to pray for myself.
Since I initiated Prayer Requests, the requests have been flowing in from all kinds of people with all kinds of crosses – some are indeed quite heavy. You must have crosses, too. Most people do. Can I pray for you? Can we pray for each other?
It’s one thing to be thankful for suffering because you can offer it up for the sake of others – people you love, souls in purgatory, or persecuted Christians, for example.
It’s another to see your suffering, and in particular, the parts of you that are suffering, as instruments in praising God and to be truly grateful for their capacity to suffer.
When God closes a door, does he always open a window? Find out in my latest post on Catholic to the Core at Patheos Catholic.
If the door has been closed, it’s not necessarily so that God can give you something better along the same lines, but so the loss on the other side of the door will help you grow in holiness and lead you deeper into his Father-heart.
So, how would you like your baby? More, or less crunchy? Planned Parenthood makes ordering baby body parts like ordering up a panini
Less crunchy?That’s something someone would say when ordering up a nice fresh turkey spinach panini at the local cafe.