A Process of Offering Up Suffering

The following is a reflection that my spiritual director sent to me. I have adapted it slightly. There is much wisdom here. 1. Enter into the Lord’s presence and ask for His insight and grace as you seek to understand and lean into your suffering for the sake of your own salvation and that of those whom God has placed in your care. 2. Reflect on life events or circumstances that are troubling you now or over a period of time (hours, day, days, week, month…). 3. Name the suffering you experience (i.e., what physical/emotional/spiritual pain, disappointment, failure, frustration, loneliness, anxiety, being overwhelmed…). There could be one suffering or a list, a litany of suffering.

Six Reasons We Have to Carry Our Crosses

"If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). When Jesus uses the word “cross” he is referring to suffering as an “instrument of salvation.” This makes sense in reference to his suffering and death but many Christians wonder, isn’t what Jesus did enough? Why do we have to carry our crosses? Of course, what Jesus did was "enough." That is not the right question. Rather, it should be: "Exactly what was it enough for?" It was enough to not only save us from hell - eternal death & suffering - but also to provide us with the ability (grace) to do what He did in the midst of the sufferings and hardships of this life; to love the w

Combating Hedonism by Living the Message of Fatima

Our Lady came to Fatima to begin the formation of her “A Team” – a team of new “missionary disciples” who would be bright lights in a time of darkness, and by living an authentically Catholic life, would mission to people who had received a perverted form of the Catholic Faith through Modernism; disciples who would allow Jesus' victory over the Strongman to be fully effective in their lives. She knew it wouldn’t be easy for them because Hedonism – a direct consequence of Modernism – has infected everyone. The antidote is to respond to her urgent call to prayer, penance and reparation. There is something strangely comforting about the message that the Angel of Peace and Our Lady brought to us

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