Wow. Okay. I guess that’s the end of that story!
I thought OUR suffering was ADDED to His; the Mass even says this.
It could be understood as being offered up to God.
I do believe that is different from saying that it is REQUIRED that we suffer. Although, on this earth, suffer we must.
Job 36:15 But thos who suffer, He delivers in their suffering.
Reminds me of: “In this world you will have tribulation, but rejoice for I have overcome the world.” (Jesus)
2 Corinthians 1:5 For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overfows.
It is speaking of suffering that is brought about by preaching the good news, but suffering is suffering and the comfort God offers can apply to it all.
In some way our suffering is added to Christ’s afflictions, as also understood by the CCC no. 1508.
Jesus did say that we are to pick up our cross daily if we desire to follow Him. A willingness to die to oneself and also to suffer for His cause? It also means, of course, that we are to bear our crosses with patience and love and to do it for Christ.
I don’t wish to belabor the point. I just think of someone reading these threads and it sounds from your comment like the requirement to suffer is necessary in some way and I do think that this comes from the evil one (suffering) and it would not be God’s desire to see us suffer.
I hope you understand what I’m trying to say and that I didn’t misunderstand you.
God bless you