A reflection on suffering, by Laura ❤

My best friend wrote this. See why we get along so well? I especially love the end. We thank military servicemen for their sacrifices, as well we should, but do we even think to consider our fellow members in the Lord’s army for their sacrifices? #mindblown So many parallels to consider, and yet I don’t want to take away from Laura’s words to make them…I am sure you can do that on your own. Enjoy.

“This kid. He is my inner self as Holy Week gets under way.

Seriously though, I’ve been thinking a lot about suffering and making up for what is lacking in the suffering of Christ this weekend. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the people in my life who are going through big, scary, life and death things, and then feeling quite silly for losing my peace over decidedly unimportant things in the great big picture.
I’m glad God is patient with me. As much as I hate it, I’m glad He is showing me where I need to improve, and reminding me that I can’t even face the little things without a big dose of His Grace.
I’m reminded that suffering, in all its forms; physical, mental, spiritual, the unending little inconveniences that begin to add up, fear, loneliness, doubt…whatever the suffering, is an invitation. It’s Jesus extending His soon to be pierced Hand to us and saying, stay with me a while. Our suffering consoles Him. Our suffering bolsters the Church. Our suffering saves souls- including our own. Our suffering is never ever a waste or without merit. May Our Lady teach us to suffer well this Holy Week as we approach Calvary with Jesus. May we recognize the ‘Simons and Veronicas’ in our lives, and may we look forward to Easter with new Hope.
To all of you who are suffering profoundly right now, thank you. Thank you for loving Jesus enough to allow Him to share His cross with you. I am grateful for your sacrifice.

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