Friday, September 18, 2015
Funeral Today: Always a Good Time to Reflect on What's Really Important
The son's talk was a terrific reminder that SUFFERING HAS A PURPOSE! So many people these days see physician assisted suicide and other death hastening methods as a way to avoid suffering. They seem to see suffering as only a negative, the worst thing that can happen. But it is in our suffering that we most resemble the Savior in His passion. And we can participate in that saving mission by joining our sufferings to His.
I want to promise the Lord to never waste a minute of suffering (give me courage to do that, Lord) -- whether its the painful swelling from a bee sting (Got one of those this week when a honeybee got up my pants leg while we were checking the hives), the emotional pain of rejection by a friend, the grief of losing a loved one, or just the everyday kinds of crucifixion by thumbtack that happen to all of us.
Never waste suffering.
I think of the three little shepherds at Fatima who responded so quickly to Mary when she asked if they would accept all the sufferings the Lord wished to send them. They didn't stop to ponder, they responded with a resounding yes. And then they looked for opportunities every day to comfort the hidden Jesus (as Francisco often said) and save poor sinners from falling into hell (little Jacinta's fervent prayer).
Suffering has a purpose. Let me say it again. Don't listen to the world; but know and believe that suffering has a purpose. Your suffering might save a beloved child or grandchild from hell. It might be the source of grace that lights up a dark mind or melts a cold, hard heart.
And if you can suffer with a smile -- Wow! What a blessing. Let's all practice on the small sufferings so that when the big ones come we'll be ready. May God give you all the grace today that you need to cope with and accept your suffering. Let's all use our sufferings to save souls!