Faith and perseverance in trial and suffering
Our Savior Jesus, there are times when the ongoing suffering of our imperfections and failures, of continuing trials, of loneliness, heartbreak, loss, sickness, and pain overwhelms us. Knowing that Your life was filled with many sufferings that You bore lovingly for our sake, please accept our sufferings with Yours and offer them to the Father.
Please help us to remain faithful even when things seem hopeless and we feel abandoned by God, as You did to witness Your unity with as in our trials, when You cried out from the cross, "my God, my God, why have You abandoned me?
Jesus, even when we feel devastated or despondent, and when life seems full of endless trials, please grace us to pray with trust and continue to live in practical charity and prayer for others.
Help us to recognize humbly, without surprise or disappointment that we are imperfect and sometimes unfruitful.
Empower each of us to live Your dream of us regardless. Let us be the treasure You created us to be, for You and for anyone in our lives. Please delight Yourself in us and fulfill Your will in our lives in both our joys and our trials.
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and to an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading,
kept in heaven for you who by God's power are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer various trials,
so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ." [1 Peter 3-7]
“Do not let your heart be troubled by the sad spectacle of human injustice, even this has its value in the face of all else. And it is from this that one day you will see the justice of God rising with unfailing triumph.” (Saint Pio, Letters)
“The longer the trial to which God subjects you, the greater the goodness in comforting you during the time of trial and in the exultation after the combat.” “The most beautiful credo is that which comes from your lips in darkness, in sacrifice, in pain, in the supreme effort of an unbending will for good. It is this which, like a stroke of lightening, penetrates the darkness of the soul; it is this which in the flash of the tempest lifts you and leads you to God.” (Saint Pio, Letters)