I've been reading a book called "Way of Divine Love" by Sr Josefa Menendez... she was a "victim soul" who shared in Christ's suffering to console Him and to bring sinners to Him. Based on this book and others, it seems that the vocation of a religious is similar though they console Jesus through their obedience and little actions, - whereas Sr Josefa had the stigmata, was taken down into hell, and shared more directly in Jesus' sorrow when others turned away from Him.
This brought a question to my mind... I am not a saint or a "victim soul" like Sr Josefa. If I were to suffer it would probably go no further than being reparation for my own sins, not for the sins of others, because I've done so much wrong in my life. But still, I love the idea of consoling Jesus' Sacred Heart. I was told that as lay people we can offer reparation too. But what can we do? In which ways could we hope to offer reparation for our sins, and sin in general, and the souls that have turned away from Jesus? I also read that through our sufferings, people can receive the grace to come back to God, and Our Lady of Fatima talked about this too. But I don't know what this is supposed to be. For the religious it is more straightforward perhaps because they do everything through obedience, not their own will. But what about lay people? Do we simply need to accept the sufferings that God sends us and the difficulties that come with following His Commandments and His will?
I thought this question is best suited to the Vocations forum. I am just unsure, if I can ever hope to do something like this. (I do not mean being like Sr Josefa of course. But I mean also being able to offer reparation or console Him somehow). I am wondering what is the Church's teaching in general. Thank you! :)