Daily Meditations

Photos by Nancy Bauer, OSB

Date: 02-27-2015

Author: Roberta Werner, OSB

World events, so heavy with suffering, invite many of us to ask “why.” Why all the torture, killing, violence, pain? The purpose of human suffering has been pondered and addressed by many, but no fully satisfactory answer has been revealed. The “why” of suffering basically remains a mystery. Zendel once wrote: “Suffering is not a good in itself but solely because it opens up in us the spaces of Love.” Suffering can make us bitter, resentful, self-pitying, or it can do as the writer suggests, and make us more compassionate and loving. So much depends on our attitude. Whatever the season or time in our life, we can always look at the crucified Christ for the help and love that suffering can generate. Unite your suffering to that of the loving Christ. Ask for His strength, and thank Him for dying for you. Rest in God’s love.

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