Never Let Good Suffering Go to Waste…

…to paraphrase Rahm Emanuel’s Never let a serious crisis go to waste.

Suffering is part of the human condition, but it has infinite value.

It is the nature of man to suffer throughout life, from the time we are pulled out of the warmth of our mother’s womb to the time we gasp for our last breath in our decrepit bodies. However, our suffering need not be wasted. You see, when we are baptized, we are baptized into the Body of Christ. As a member of the Body of Christ, we can join our suffering to that of Christ on the cross, joining human suffering to that which is divine.

Divine suffering redeemed man of his sins. Offering our suffering to Christ to be joined with His gives our suffering infinite value. Suffering for its own sake is not to be sought. But when we must endure suffering, we can offer it to Jesus, and He can use it for myriad reasons. One can say for example, “Jesus, I offer you the pain of this migraine for those living where there is famine.” Or “Jesus, I offer you my grief for the loss of my loved one for others who are grieving.  May we discover the good that can come from our losses.” Or again, “Jesus, I offer you the sadness I feel at the loss of my job for the intentions of your Holy Mother.”

We can offer suffering of any kind, from a stubbed toe to heartache to impatience with a traffic delay to an amputated leg. Any type of suffering may be joined to that of Christ on the cross. Next time you feel pain, offer it to Jesus. You can’t use it, but He can.

Published in: on August 24, 2012 at 13:23  Comments (2)  

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  1. Yup! All things work together for good…………

  2. There have been times during my life where I have been suffering immensely and it is during these time I often feel closet to Christ. Thank you for the reminder and God Bless.

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