Redemptive Suffering

Things won't always go our way. Life gets difficult sometimes. But know this: God will never give you more than you can handle.

Sometimes, in the midst of our sufferings is where we can find our greatest joys. Ironic, isn't it?

It all comes down to our perspective. When things are hard, will we wallow in the despair of our own misery? Or will we turn that suffering into a blessing?

When we look at the lives of the saints, there is something each of them have in common and that is how they suffered. Every single saint, when confronted with a suffering whether it be persecution, serious illness, or difficult circumstances, chose to face it with humility and gratitude. Their suffering, when offered up to the Lord in an intention, became a source of the greatest prayer and sanctification.

It is so hard to even wrap our minds around this concept, but the truth is that redemptive suffering is a big part of our Catholic faith. After all, it is what the Church was founded on.

And so, my dearest sisters, be encouraged. If you are currently in a season of suffering know that you are in good company and joined by the thousands of holy men and women that came before you.

Sometimes, we cannot change our circumstances, but we can change our perspective.

Today, invite the Lord into your heart to help transform any pain you may hold in your heart into the greatest joy imaginable. With God's help, it can be done. Trust that.

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