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Old 3rd June 2008, 09:04 PM
js1975 js1975 is offline
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I recently read something, somewhere, that the priest asked, "Do you notice that when you are suffering and offer it up to Christ, that the suffering is not as difficult as it once was? That is because Christ is with you in your suffering"

I have noticed the same thing, and this strikes a chord of truth to me.
2cor 7:1 Therefore, having these promises, most beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of the flesh and of the spirit, perfecting sanctification in the fear of God.
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Old 13th June 2008, 02:50 PM
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I belive it has to do with the fact that we know we are suffereing with a purpose and with the certainty that somehow the suffering is not in vain.

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Old 13th June 2008, 03:22 PM
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I have to admit, I frequently forget to offer it up. I suffer from an almost debilitating back condition, and many days it takes everything I have to get out of bed and go to work. I thank you all for the reminders and the the ways that perhaps I can make mysekf focus more on the suffering of Christ.

God bless
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Old 2nd July 2008, 04:23 PM
garabandalg garabandalg is offline
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Default The value and power of offering up sufferings

Thank all of you for reminding me of this spiritual treasure regarding offering suffering up for Christ.

I often become resentful, or self-absorbed when I suffer. I once read that suffering is one of the single most powerful treasures we have at our disposal to serve God.

If you think about it, it is the classic twist on the devil. He tries to use our suffering to drag us away from God. If we then use that suffering to move us closer to God, we have done a great reversal on the devil, turning one of his weapons against us into one we may use against him.

Also, if we love and trust God to help us deal with our suffering, He will do so. In a sense, when we offer our sufferings to Christ, He becomes our Simon as we offer to carry our crosses.
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