Suffering is the great problem of human life.
We all have to suffer.
Sometimes small sorrows, sometimes greater ones fall to our share. We shall now tell our readers how to avoid much of this suffering, how to lessen all suffering and how to derive great benefits from every suffering we may have to bear.
The reason why suffering appears so hard is that, first of all,
Secondly, we are not taught how to bear it.
Thirdly, we are not taught the priceless value of suffering.
This is due to the incomprehensible neglect
It is surprising how easily some people bear great sufferings; whereas, others get excited even at the smallest trouble.
The simple reason is that some have been taught all about suffering; others have not.
First of all, then, suffering is not simply an evil, for no one suffered more than the Son of God Himself, more than His Blessed Mother
Why does God allow us to suffer?
Simply because He is asking us to take a little share in His Passion. What appears to come by chance or from someone else always comes because God allows it.
Every act in Our Lord's life was a lesson for us.
God suffered all the dreadful pains of His Passion
How can we refuse to suffer a little for love of Him?
Secondly, if we accept the sufferings He sends us
Moreover, suffering borne patiently brings out
If we bear these facts clearly in mind, it certainly becomes
Thirdly, when God gives us any suffering, He always gives us strength to bear it, if we only ask Him.
Consider that we are now speaking of all suffering,
Even the greater sufferings that may fall to our share
We see some people pass through a tempest of suffering
An eminent physician, in a conference which he gave
Everyone, we repeat, without exception,
We must all do penance for our sins. If we do not, we shall have
Now, if we offer our sufferings - the very little ones -
Let us remember clearly that:
I) Sufferings come from God for our benefit.
2) When we are in the state of grace, we derive immense merit
3) God will give us abundant strength to bear our sufferings
4) If we bear our sufferings patiently, they lose their sting
5) Above all, every suffering is a share in the Passion of Our Lord.
6) By our sufferings, we can free ourselves in great part, or entirely, from the pains of Purgatory.
7) By bearing our sufferings patiently, we win the glorious crown
Of course, we may do all in our power to avoid or lessen
Therefore, it is clearly necessary for us to learn how to bear them.
In a word, we must understand clearly that if we remain calm,
It is just as if we had a sore arm or leg and rubbed it violently; it would become irritated and painful; whereas, if we touch it gently, we soothe the irritation.
We suffer from ill-health, from pains, headaches, rheumatism, arthritis, from accidents, from enemies.
We have a great, great remedy in our hands.
We should pray earnestly and constantly, asking God to help us
This is all, all important.
A very eminent doctor, in an able article he recently published
" Prayer is the greatest power in the world."
He says, "I and my colleagues frequently see that many
I speak now not of the prayers of holy people,
We should above all pray to Our Lady of Sorrows in all our troubles. We should ask her, by the oceans of sorrow she felt
God gave her all the immense graces necessary to make her
- from a sermon by Fr. Paul O'Sullivan, O.P.
Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary,
that never was it known
that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help,
or sought thy intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee,
O Virgin of virgins, my mother.
To thee do I come, before thee I kneel,
sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy mercy
hear and answer me.