In this beautiful, yet difficult, journey we call life we all encounter and experience many different things, such as our struggles. If we had the choice, most of us would like to live a life free of suffering, however, God calls us for something more. Due to how our society perceives pain and suffering, it is easy to fall into the trap of looking at suffering as something negative that should be avoided. Yet by looking at our suffering through the eyes of Christ we are able to see that this is not true. We all go through struggles, some of which change us entirely. However, we must never forget that our suffering unites us to Christ our savior. We are all given the special privilege of suffering as our savior did, and through it a close and intimate dependence on Him can be formed, only if we allow it. Suffering helps us become more humble, compassionate, and charitable among many other graces. Whether you are going through a painful experience now or when you might go through one in the future, know that you are never alone when you face them. Our Lord Jesus Christ, our Lady Mary the refuge of sinners, and your guardian angel are with you and it is important that you keep them always with you in your heart. Jesus is with you, entrust your struggles to him because there is no doubt that any struggle we may face is out of our hands. Also, by suffering we are able to gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of Jesus’ love for us through the pain he suffered in his crucifixion. We could find comfort in the sense that Jesus knows our suffering; he was spat on, scourged, and nailed to a cross, all of which was done because of the immeasurable love he has for every one of us. I challenge you to accept your pain and suffering willingly and with a joy that can only be found in Jesus Christ. Pray and get closer to Him through the sacraments. May God bless you and continue to guide you through these moments.
“In the suffering Christ every sick person finds the meaning of his or her afflictions… In Christ who died and rose again… humanity discovers a new dimension to its suffering: instead of failure, it reveals itself to be the occasion for offering witness to faith and love.”
- John Paul II