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Old Feb 12, '11, 11:51 am
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Default "Offer it up"?

OK, I do speak English and understand what saying "offer it up" means, but what dsoes it actually mean spiritually? I keep hearing that "offering up" troubles/sorrows/etc is a good thing. BUT I can't get my head wrapped around it. How do I offer up to God?
When I met with my priest about something he said an excellent thing for me to do for Lent was to "offer up" some things that I am working through every day. I just need a little help. I may post this in the apologetics group, too.
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OK, I do speak English and understand what saying "offer it up" means, but what dsoes it actually mean spiritually? I keep hearing that "offering up" troubles/sorrows/etc is a good thing. BUT I can't get my head wrapped around it. How do I offer up to God?
When I met with my priest about something he said an excellent thing for me to do for Lent was to "offer up" some things that I am working through every day. I just need a little help. I may post this in the apologetics group, too.
To offer it up definately is Catholic. I had never heard of it before I entered the church. I have heard two ways of understanding it, and I am sure both are right.

1. Offer up all your sufferings, troubles, pains etc for the souls in purgatory to help them get to heaven. Offer it up to help a fellow humans get through their pain and stuggles. We can use our suffering for the good of others. Just like we fast and pray for them, we can endure sufferings for them.

2. My priest says to offer it up for Jesus. This concept is really hard to understand. Jesus is eternal, infinite, onimpotant, He is outside of time. That is why we have the sacrifice of the Mass even though it is already finished, Christ suffered and died, once for all. We can have a re-presentation of the crucifixion. We can also offer up our sufferings to help Jesus in his sacrifice, even though he does not need out help, we actually get spiritual value from helping him in our sacrifices for him.

I hope this helps and does not confuse you.
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