Originally Posted by JoyfulLife
I have various medical issues, including a mysterious fatigue issue, anxiety and depression; the latter two have been in bouts, and I'm in one now since early September.
I asked my spiritual director why we have illnesses and they said it's from original sin. We all have suffering in one form or another. I'm a questioner, too, like you and I think it would help you a lot in your spiritual journey to have a spiritual director or have talks with a good Priest.
I remember certain Saints would be allowed certain sufferings to make up for others sins and to grow in union with Jesus. Saint Gemma was given a suffering of experiencing the thorns of the crown going into her brain, among other sufferings I cannot recall. Saint Therese suffered greatly in little things throughout her life. Mother Mary suffered unimaginably for her Son in His Passion, and for the sake of the Church through her life.
My spiritual director is always saying how good suffering is for us (when offered up) as it makes us cleave to Jesus, it purifies us, and it helps us grow in holiness.
I would comment more on some things in private if you could receive private messages, but they are turned off.
Prayers for you.
Thank you and I will pray for you as well. I know I need to find a priest that I trust; I know I would benefit from a spiritual adviser. I just feel like I have exhausted so many avenues. I find my self being very frustrated that I feel like every day that I fight this battle with my brain that I am failing. As hard as I pray for relief I still feel like a failure. I dont want to come on here every day and give "poor me" news but I just feel so tired these days from my inner struggle.
Thank you so so very much for all of your prayers and intentions.
PS I am not sure how to turn on my private messages function.