[quote=larry j]Suffering as prayer is indeed a powerful concept…it is the means in which we are allowed to pick up our cross “daily” and follow Him.
I was at a communiion service awhile back and one of the attendees for a prayer intention ask that we pray for those suffering that their suffering be eliminated. It got me thinking a bit that maybe we should be praying for those who don’t have the “opportunity” to suffer.
Christ, through no physical or spiritual weakness of His own, chose to allow suffering, serious painful suffering…we’re going to suffer. Christ died on the cross…sooner or later we are all goin to die also…but Christ has given all of this meaning through his resurrection… a redemptive suffering if you will. We too will have the resurrection opportunity if we can stay the course.
Suffering can be our Purgatory
I will add you and your family to my prayer/rdemptive suffering list…God bless. hopefullly this will make a little sense
You are right, no-one escapes suffering as we all die. How… is our destiny, but we all suffer in dying, none is exempt. Some suffer and do not die immediately and some suffer and are cured altogether, some suffer and suffer and suffer and then they die…all of these sufferings are redemptive.
In pain and bearing pain is a suffering that can be united with our Lord and that suffering when offered up brings much mercy upon humanity.
Thank you all and …any more thoughts on suffering, perhaps suffering in poverty, suffering in spirit, suffering in mental health as well as physical?
God Bless you and much love and peace to you