Thought of the Day

Posted on August 5, 2009. Filed under: Thought of the Day | Tags: , , , , , |

Today we ask: What is the deepest meaning of suffering?

“My God, my God why have You abandoned me?”

In an article on our website, Father Hugh Barbour states the following:

“The psalms which the church prays daily from morning to night all around the world repeatedly ask this question in various ways, and indeed it was from psalm 22 that the Savior was praying the words just quoted to express the depth of His painful passion.  It is true that suffering is the result of sin, but it is very important for us to see suffering in its deepest meaning if we are not to get a wrong impression of God’s work in the world.  What is this deepest meaning of suffering?

“Surely it is not that an angry God inflicts vengeance on His poor, feeble creatures just to spite them.  We see that this cannot be the case since we know that sinless persons, Our Lord and His Blessed Mother suffered more than anyone else ever did.  The suffering person may feel as though God were angry with him or her, but the suffering endured is really coming from God’s goodness and love.  How so?”

For more on the meaning of suffering, please visit our website.

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