Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Hebrews 2: 14-18
Suffering can lead us into various places –into ways of bitterness and desperation, or into paths of courage and profound liveliness. The outcome of my sufferings will depend on who I am trusting as my guide through my mental, physical, emotional and spiritual aches and pains, brought about by disconnections, persecutions and traumas of all kinds. Will I look to the hollow comforts and remedies offered by our self-serve society? Or will I welcome the Spirit of Jesus who suffered rejections tortures and crucifixion –and rose again to guide God’s beloved sons and daughters through the tests and trials of life into ways of courage, patience, kindness and humility? Christ Jesus, help me as I am tested by suffering. Christ Jesus, guide me as I am tested by suffering.
Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 1:18)
Suffering is nothing by itself; but suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Suffering into Joy
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.