Thursday, February 09, 2006


"God whispers in our pleasures but shouts in our pains. Pain is His megaphone to rouse a dulled world." ~ C.S. Lewis

When Suffering Is Sweet

"It has come to this, that I can no longer suffer because all suffering is sweet. Besides, it is a mistake to worry as to what trouble may be in store; it is like meddling with God's work. We who run in the way of love must never allow ourselves to be disturbed by anything.If I did not simply suffer from one moment to another, it would be impossible for me to be patient; but I look only at the present moment forget the past; and I take good care not to forestall the future. When we yield to discouragement or despair it is usually because we give too much thought to the past and to the future."
~ St. Therese of Lisieux

"Thus to share in the sufferings of Christ is, at the same time, to suffer for the kingdom of God. In the eyes of the just God, before his judgement,Those who share in the sufferings of Christ become worthy of this kingdom."
~Salvifici Doloris- On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering-Pope John Paul II-1984

"And Christ, through His own salvific suffering, is very much present in every human suffering, and can act from within that suffering by the powers of His Spirit of truth, His consoling spirit."
~Salvifici Doloris- On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering- Pope John Paul II-1984

"Pray for me; often when I cry to heaven for help it is when I feel most abandoned. But when I turn to God and his saints and thank them notwithstanding I believe they want to see how far I shall trust them. But the words of Job have not entered my heart in vain: "Even if God should kill me, I would still trust him."
~ Job13: 15

"Praying together with the one who suffers is the just response to the suffering. The cruelest response to suffering is the attempt to explain it away, to tell the one who suffers: "This is why this is happening. I'm sorry that you can't see the answer, but it's clear to me."
~ Msgr. Lorenzo Albacette

"If we could read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each person’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Kindness—mere kindness—cannot tolerate suffering. Love can.
~Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

Since we are [Christ’s] body, we too are the bread that is broken for others. Our failures help heal other lives; our very tears help wipe away tears; our being hated helps those we love.
~ Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

How you approach the problem of suffering depends on how you approach life itself. There are only two ways. Either meaning is surrounded by matter, or matter is surrounded by meaning.
~ Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

Suffering is not blessed because it is suffering but because it is [Christ’s]. Suffering is not the context that explains the cross; the cross is the context that explains suffering.
~ Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

True love, unlike popular sentimental substitutes, is willing to suffer. Love is not “luv.” Love is the cross. Our problem at first, the sheer problem of suffering, was a cross without Christ. We must never fall into the opposite and equal trap of a Christ without a cross.
~ Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

The more you try to avoid suffering…The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
— Thomas Merton

"I admit it has taken a long time to arrive at this degree of self-abandonment; but I have reached it now, and it is the Lord himself who has brought me here."
~ St. Therese of Lisieux

"[S]uffering, especially during the last moments of life, has a special place in God’s saving plan; it is in fact a sharing in Christ’s passion and a union with the redeeming sacrifice which he offered in obedience to the Father’s will."
~Declaration on Euthanasia- Rome 1980


Bill said...

Like all good things, "no pain, no gain"

Susan said...

These are beautiful, Jean.

Thank you so much.

T.O. said...

Thank you for sharing these.