Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Great discussion on suffering!

Wow, what a great discussion on the SFA site on suffering from my August 1 post, 'Why does God allow suffering?'! Really good insights! In particular, someone asked about how to help his/her sister who suffers much. As we all do, the sister struggles to handle suffering the moment it hits in a Christ-like manner.

Might I suggest meditating on the seven "words" that Christ spoke from the Cross. Please check out my post on the SFA site from April 14, 2006, "The Seven Last Words of Christ".

I would specifically point to the word Christ cries out when he is experiencing some of his greatest pain: "my God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" At this moment, Anon, He is uniting himself to your sister (and to any of us) who feels "so alone in her suffering", as you wrote.

Does this mean that Christ lost his faith in the Father on the Cross? No. One of his next words is "Father, into your hands, I commend my spirit". He is one with the Father always. But, he is showing that, in his human nature, he is truly one with us, even experiencing the greatest pain of all: the pain of feeling alone.

Christ knows exactly how your sister feels, and is probably the only one who really does. And, she knows how He felt. She is united with Him in a very intimate way. If she can unite her words at the moment of agony to his "words", then I would say she is being about as Christ-like as a person can be in her Grace-filled situation.


At 10:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loving wisdom of Mother Teresa

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind
If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway

…..Mother Teresa

At 10:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What divine words! I love this and find that the last two sentences so powerful!


At 8:20 PM, Blogger Pete said...

Wow. This is awesome, I've had a kind of revelation about this before and explained it to one of my friends just like you did, and it feels so good to have this concept backed by you as well. Basically, Christ made sure He could empathize with any possible suffering of ours so we'd never suffer alone. This is why he felt abandoned, this (maybe!) is why he never married, because otherwise he couldn't ask people to be celibate. And although He hasn't gone through every possible suffering me might ("not a bone on His body shall be broken"), He can understand the suffering by combinations of pains He has felt, so He is always suffering with us.


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