Sunday, 30 December 2012

Dealing with Suffering

    Suffering is just one of those things that gets in the way of life. Suffering is a topic everyone usually avoids in Catholic discussions, and so I shall talk about it today.

   So how can we explain it? Well, with God in the picture, we can easily do this. Firstly, suffering is not an end in itself, rather it is a means to a greater good. God uses suffering for many things, but a main one is to show His love for us. He sent down His only Son to suffer every possible iniquity in order to show us how much He really loves us, but also it reveals the fact that we must suffer in order to get to the next life. We can firstly use suffering to repay God's love for us. If we unite it to the Passion of Our Lord, we are then able to repay His love for us, and show Him that we are willing to serve someone else other than ourselves.

   Secondly, we can make up for our sins. In doing this, we will be able to avoid Purgatory (which I will cover in another article) and satisfy the temporal punishments due to sin. According to justice, we must make up for our offenses against God in one way or another, and it is much easier to do it on earth, because we cannot avoid suffering anyway. This then gives us reason to suffer, and uniting it to Jesus' Passion, we are able to overcome it, and advance in our spiritual lives.

   Thirdly, we can overcome our passions, and enter into a whole new way of life. If we're just concerned with how we feel throughout our lives, we cannot give ourselves to others and be able to overcome our passions. If we let our passions go wild, we can blind our intellect, and become like a savage. This is what has happened to our world today. If you are afraid to suffer, you will not be able to serve a higher power but yourself.

   In meriting through suffering, we then become Christ-like, and no longer have to be slaves to ourselves. This is true freedom which is found outside of an individual in serving others.


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  Finally, I would like to thank all those who read my articles, and I was wondering if any of you had any ideas for articles for me, or advice, comments, or questions. Please contact me at fromthecatacombs@gmail.com and have a blessed Christmastide :)!