St. Padre Pio beautifully teaches us, by his words and most especially by his life, about redemptive suffering.
Reflect on some of his thoughts today, and ask him to intercede for you in your own sufferings.
“Jesus said to me; ‘How many times would you have abandoned Me, my son, if I had not crucified you. Beneath the cross, one learns love, and I do not give this to everyone, but only to those souls who are dearest to Me.” -Secrets of a Soul
“When Jesus wants me to understand that He loves me, He allows me to savor the wounds, the thorns, the agonies of His passion…When He wants to delight me, He fills my heart with that spirit which is all fire; He speaks to me of His delights. But when He wants to be delighted, He speaks to me of His sorrows, He invites me — with a voice full of both supplication and authority — to affix my body [to the cross] in order to alleviate His suffering. Who can resist Him? I realize how much my miseries have caused Him to suffer, how much I have offended Him. I desire no other than Jesus alone, I want nothing more than His pains (because this is what Jesus wishes).” -Secrets of a Soul
Our Church is so blessed to have examples like Blessed Michael Giedroyc to teach us how our suffering can draw us closer to Christ.
Take a moment to read about this holy and prayerful Augustinian from the 15th century. His life story will help you put your own sufferings in perspective and see all suffering in light of Christ’s own suffering.
What can we do to understand and give comfort in the face of human suffering?
Blessed Mother Teresa reminds us, “You and I, we are the Church, no? We have to share with our people. Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus made it very clear. Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me. Give a glass of water, you give it to me. Receive a little child, you receive me.” (Read more of Mother Teresa’s words here.)
This article by Dr. Peter Kreeft helps explain God’s answer to human suffering.
May we never forget to pray and help those most in need, who may be suffering materially or spiritually.