Curious as to theology of suffering


#1

I was just wondering, are there any non-Catholic faiths that share with us the teaching on Suffering and Offering it up? If you do, please share with us. :slight_smile:

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#2

Might be helpful if you give a brief overview of the Catholic teaching on this so that those of us who are not and have not been Catholic can know whether we share any of it or not.:slight_smile:


#3

Offering it Up (or “Making a Good Intention”)

       		    So, how do Catholics 		    "offer up" their sufferings and sacrifices? In both formal and informal ways. 		    
      
      Formally, many Catholics make the [Morning 		    Offering ]("http://www.fisheaters.com/morningoffering.html")to give to Our Lord that day's efforts, works, joys, sufferings, 		    intentions, etc. (the form may vary). At the Mass, we excercise our lay 		    priesthood by consciously, silently, privately offering ourselves up, along 		    with the Son, to the Father during the Offertory.
      
      Informally, we "offer it up" by simply asking God in our own words to use 		    a suffering as it occurs; we often do this for specific intentions (ex., 		    "Use this pain, Lord, for the salvation of my brother..."). We might follow 		    the example of the young St. Thérèse of Lisieux and make use 		    of [Sacrifice Beads]("http://www.fisheaters.com/sacrificebeads.html"), or the extraordinary 		    among us might make the [Heroic Act 		    of Charity]("http://www.fisheaters.com/prayingforthedead.html#heroic") for the souls in Purgatory. 
      
      It's quite a discipline to react to suffering this way! In mental or physical 		    pain? Drop something on your toe? Putting up with a co-worker who is making 		    your life a living Hell? Enduring the constant ache of arthritis? Standing 		    in line at the grocery and hating every minute of it? Spill the milk? Accept 		    these things in peace, and ask God to use them for the good of the Church 		    or for a more specific intention close to your heart. This isn't easy to 		    do (and I in no way claim to be good at it), but it *does* make the 		    suffering more meaningful and less -- well, less insufferable!

#4

Lord of All, let there be Peace, Peace, and more Peace. Amen.

The Catholic teaching on Suffering and Offering It Up has some parallels in the Hindu tradition. Hindus, like Catholics, practice vows (like a vow of celibacy, or fasting) that can create discomfort and suffering. That discomfort and suffering would then be for a specific spiritual purpose, whether a personal spiritual purpose or a purpose meant to help someone else.

Hindus also see un-wanted pain and suffering as having significance and meaning, too. A famous Hindu swami, Swami Sivananda, said this:


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