It is going to snow today. For those in the St. Louis area, can you believe we are 7 inches below normal for snow fall so far this year? Surprised me also. Just remember, these gray and depressing days are eventually going to open up to a bright, blue sky with a big yellow ball hovering our head.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
For as Christ’s sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow. If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer. (NAB 2 Cor 1:5-6)
The BIG question: Why is there so much suffering, and why does God allow it? Why did I lose my job? Why is my child handicapped? How can you allow child abuse, and child pornography? I could go on about the misery we experience during our existence on this earth.
I am not sure I can answer this question for others. I can only give the answer that has come to me, through prayer, meditation, and trust in God.
For those that do not know, I have had my tribulations with pain and suffering. I was let go from a job I truly treasured, due to medical reasons. My asthma and COPD is at a stage that I need to be on oxygen at times, I have degenerative disk disease, and arthritis so severe that I use a cane or walker. I am in so much pain regularly that sometimes I don’t even realize I am in pain; but find myself sweating profusely, and grimacing – then realizing the amount of pain I am experiencing. Pain meds do very little, and I refuse to take meds that will “gork” me out.
My medical conditions have humbled me. I believe the shortness of breathing (SOB) and pain are my personal type of “stigmata” that reminds me of the pain Christ endured. My tribulations are a form of prayer for me. I ‘give up’ my pain for the souls in purgatory; which seems to help me get through the difficult times.
Suffering and encouragement brings us in union with Christ and His suffering on the cross for us “sinners.” Suffering draws us apart from our worldly cares. It’s ironic that our suffering in life here, brings to eternal salvation in paradise. Jesus showed us, through His life on earth as man, that His spirit is whole and permanent, and His body was only temporary.
When in pain, discomfort, or other forms of suffering, don’t just stand there and moan, whine, or “bitch” about your situation. Put your suffering in perspective and “PUSH”:
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #5:
Secular Franciscans, therefore, should seek to encounter the living and active person of Christ in their brothers and sisters, in Sacred Scripture, in the Church, and in liturgical activity. The faith of St. Francis, who often said, “I see nothing bodily of the Most High Son of God in this world except His most holy body and blood,” should be the inspiration and pattern of their Eucharistic life.