Friday, August 05, 2005

Pain is temporary; victory is forever!

Today at Mass the priest used this saying in his homily. He said how in sports, enduring temporary pain often leads to victory. Basking in victory, the pain is forgotten.
It's like that in the spiritual life too. It's hard to practice virtue, to deny ourselves things, to put others' needs before our own. Jesus said it too in the Gospel, "How rough the road that leads to life!" But to keep the goal in mind makes it all worthwhile.


Anonymous said...

AMEN, Sr. Lorraine!!!!

Moneybags said...

This reminds me that too many people blame God for suffering. But we inherited suffering through sin as all suffering is caused from sin. And through this suffering we must make sure to take up our cross as Our Lord said, "Whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me."

Let us always remember to offer up our works, joys, prayers, and sufferings to God in our morning prayers.

In the words of St. John Vianney:

"All that we do without offering it to God is wasted."

Robin L. in TX said...

I don't see suffering so much as a result of sin, but rather as an antidote to sin.

If God hadn't persevered, allowing me to experience the suffering as a consequence of my misdirected focus, I wouldn't be here, reading these wise words today.

Personally, I don't think we need less suffering, but more. Through suffering we learn that we are not in control, come to realize blessings that we formerly took for granted, and learn to have compassion for our fellow human beings. No wonder St. Peter had to be tested the way He was...