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Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Value of Suffering, Part II


The Value of Suffering
When God permits suffering it is for our betterment.

The Sick sometimes complain that in sickness they can do nothing but they err; for, in their infirmities they can do all things, by accepting their sufferings with peace and resignation.

-St. Alphonsus Liguori
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St. John Vianney relates a story where a good religious complained one day to Our Lord that he was being persecuted. He said. “O Lord, what have I done to be treated thus?” Our Lord answered him, “And I, what had I done when I was led to Calvary?” Then the religion understood; he wept, he asked pardon and dared not complain anymore.
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When St. Francis and St. Andrew Avelino passed a day without suffering something for the love of God, they felt that God had forgotten them and had abandoned them.
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Suffering is the very best gift He has to give us. He gives it only to His chosen friends.
-St. Therese of Lisieux
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Suffering is the money with which one buys heaven.
-Blessed Theophane Venard
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Can you expect to go to heaven for nothing? Did not our dear Saviour track rhe whole way to it with His blood and tears?
-Blessed Elizabeth Seton
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We must suffer in order to go to God. We forget this truth far too often.
-St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
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If God causes you to suffer much, it is a sign that He has great designs for you, and that He certainly intends to make you a Saint. And if you wish to become a great Saint, entreat Him yourself to give you much opportunity for suffering; for there is no wood better to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross, which Christ used for His own sacrifice of boundless charity.
-St. Ignatius Loyola
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We must ask for the love of crosses; then they will become sweet.
-St. John Vianney
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We must remember that all incapacity and distress is sent to us by God. Life and death, health and sickness. Are all ordered by Him; and in whatever form they come, it is always to help us and for our good.
-St. Vincent de Paul
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You ought to thank God when He chastises you; for His chastisements are a proof that He loves you and receives you into the number of His children. “Whoever the Lord Loves,” says St. Paul, “He chastises, and He scourges every son whom He receives.” (Heb. 12:6)
-St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Suffering is not a punishment, not a fruit of sin, it is a gift of God. He allows us to share in His suffering and to make up for the sins of the world.
-Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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The Saints suffered everything with joy, patience and perseverance, because they loved. As for us, we suffer with anger, vexation, and weariness, because we do not love. If we loved God, we should love crosses, we should wish for them, we should take pleasure in them… We should be happy to be able to suffer for the love of Him who lovingly suffered for us.
-St. John Vianney
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Nothing is more pleasing to God, or more profitable for you, than to suffer gladly for Christ… Had there been a better way than suffering for the good of a person’s soul, our Lord would certainly have shown it by word and example. But since there was not, He clearly urged his disciples and all those who wished to follow Him to carry the cross, saying: “Whoever wishes to be My follower must deny his very self, take up his cross each day, and follow in My steps.” (Luke 9:3)
-Thomas a Kempis



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