Giving Your Suffering A Purpose

The suffering we go through may seem meaningless, but it’s not. Or, rather, it doesn’t have to be. By joining our suffering with that of Jesus, we become partners with Him in the salvific act.

We read in Colossians 1:24: “Now I [Paul] rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church.”

That’s not to say that Jesus missed a spot. He didn’t. But it DOES tell us that, when we join our suffering with His (offer it up), we can benefit others in the Body of Christ (The Church). We can even offer it in penance for our own sins.

1 Pet. 2:19-21 “Whenever anyone bears the pain of unjust suffering because of consciousness of God, that is a grace. . . Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps”.

We are to follow His example and join our suffering with His. We are to take up our cross daily: Matt. 10:38 “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me”.

Again, we are to follow His example.

But unless we embrace that suffering and pain and join it with the suffering sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, it is simply suffering for suffering’s sake. Worthless.

“There is a hospital that I have occasion to drive by quite often, and whenever I do, I feel a great sadness because within those walls there is so much wasted suffering.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen

Join your suffering to that of Jesus. Don’t waste it. Give it a purpose. Make your own suffering count for something other than just to give you a reason to feel sorry for yourself, or others to feel sorry for you.

Make your suffering count. Make it mean something.

Give your suffering a purpose.



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2 Responses to Giving Your Suffering A Purpose

  1. SaintlySages says:

    And, Bill, how prudent it is to offer our little sufferings for the poor souls in purgatory, to help pay the debt of punishment they owe for their sins. All the poor souls are dear friends of God. Having been justified, redeemed, and judged worthy of Everlasting Life, they await Heavenly Glory. How grateful they will be if we should quicken their release by helping to pay their debt. How these friends of God, out of gratitude and affection, will intercede for us, their earthly benefactors.

    We ask people on earth to pray for us, without really knowing if they are favorable in God’s sight, whereas we know for certain that the poor souls in purgatory have found His favor and are destined for union with Him in Heaven. How efficacious, then, must be their prayers. And they will, indeed, plead for those to whom they owe a favor, to us who offer our sufferings to obtain their early release into Paradise.

    God bless!


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