📰 Redemptive Suffering | Saints Quotes, Penance, Mortification
Full Title: Redemptive Suffering | Saints Quotes, Penance, Mortification
The saints would often say that their greatest Desire can be summed up in one phrase; to love and to suffer.
Suffering, for many people, is viewed as an evil without value, and thus any means should be taken to avoid even a common cold. Yet, in the writings of the saints, we find an entirely different reality; that it is precisely suffering that strengthens us, humbles us, and forges us into saints. But more than this, we discover that suffering is of such inestimable redemptive worth, that nothing equals it in heaven or on earth. As Our Lord told Saint Faustina; "If the angels were capable of envy, they would envy us for two things: one is the receiving of Holy Communion, and the other is suffering."
Christianity is the religion of radical love; love in its highest form; not a warm fuzzy feeling, but a manly love; a love that is willing to be trampled upon, to be dragged face-down in the dust so others can be saved. This kind of Love entered our world as a baby, and walked this earth long ago, so mankind could learn how to live in response. And the only true and proper response to love, is love.