You’ve got a few minutes right? I mean you’re on facebook killing time… walk with me for a while. visit each link before you move on.
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, TO THE PRIESTS,… See More
TO THE RELIGIOUS FAMILIES
AND TO THE FAITHFUL
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING
OF HUMAN SUFFERING
- 1984 (the beggining of his papacy long before his great suffering at the end of his life)
“This is the origin also of the present reflection, precisely in the Year of the Redemption: a meditation on suffering. Human suffering evokes compassion; it also evokes respect, and in its own way it intimidates. For in suffering is contained the greatness of a specific mystery. This special respect for every form of human suffering must be set at the beginning of what will be expressed here later by the deepest need of the heart, and also by the deep imperative of faith. About the theme of suffering these two reasons seem to draw particularly close to each other and to become one: the need of the heart commands us to overcome fear, and the imperative of faith—formulated, for example, in the words of Saint Paul quoted at the beginning—provides the content, in the name of which and by virtue of which we dare to touch what appears in every man so intangible: for man, in his suffering, remains an intangible mystery.”
Fr. Stan Fortuna unpacks Pope John Paul the Great’s beautiful message to us on the meaning of suffering. Why we must suffer, and what is gained by suffering. The link is only to part on out of 10 but I encourage you to watch all 10.
Fr. Stan raps his holy head off about the human requirement of suffering…
Some people have a pretty Holy response to the endless suffering they see in this world.
Who they are:
What they do:
Pain is as close to you as the air you breath. This is the fact of life, but through this pain and suffering God molds us and shapes us into something far greater and far more worthy and blessed than we could ever imagine. There is beauty and benefit in humble, GRACE-full suffering, the virtue and vehicle by which we overcome the various forms of evil that plague our lives and this world. This is why the Faithless, the Hopeless, the LOVE-less, can’t cope with suffering in our world… because they cannot bring themselves to believe in the existence of objective evil (or good). The question is not, “If God is good, why is there suffering in the world?” THE question is…”God is good period. Why can’t I deal with the reality of evil productively by allowing suffering to increase MY OWN virtue, and allowing that suffering to make me a light of Hope along the path toward righteousness for others…?” (Inspired by Pope John Paul II the Great, and Fr. Stan Fortuna’s youtube discourse on suffering)
“Modern rationalism will not tolerate mystery” (Fr. Stan discourse part 2)
Embrace your cross and walk with Christ.
May God’s LOVE bring meaning and blessing in the sufferings in your life, and may God bless you all this week.
Your Brother from a Holy Mother,