Suffering with Love. Vol.2, No.26

Last week edition in tecthought series was really a challenging one but God’s grace offered us the insight to resolve why after the death of Christ, we are still suffering in pains, agony and deaths. Providentially, we arrived at a conclusion, on why we should faithfully, optimistically and even create an enabling environment of suffering for the sake of others. Meanwhile, the only exhilarating strategy upon which this salvific project could be accomplished is to suffer with love.
One of the great personalities that constantly comes to mind in this regard is Father Damien. After arriving on May 10, 1873, Molokai in the Hawaian Islands, saint Damien Joseph the veuster volunteered to be God’s presence in the midst of the lepers whom one recanted to visit. Damien knew perfectly well that he had no chance of returning alive from such an adventure. After ten years of mission work in the midst of those unfortunate creatures, who had been corralled, like livestock waiting for the slaughter house, he contracted leprosy, which began to grew away at him, and it inevitably destroyed him. He chose to give his all to the dying of Molokai for the love of God. He celebrated his last mass, completely exhausted, by leprosy, on March 28, 1889, a few days before being carried off to the father of all mercies.
Another personality that provokes thought of selfless sacrifices, is Mother Theresa, a woman who was completely immersed in God. Her face had no special human beauty, but a simple magnificent interior light, the reflection of a fire that can shine through only by ongoing contact with God. Within her dwelt a presence a simplicity and a serenity that came from Christ. Mother Theresa was acutely aware of God’s true tenderness for men and his loving care for the poor. No wonder she spent her life caring for the abandoned.
Meanwhile, our various profession may not offer us the opportunity to spend our whole life caring for the poor, but the place of the poor in our little comfort could express our disposition to suffer with love. Again, a humble and lovely acceptance of God’s will on our pitiable or unfavourable condition in spite of our human efforts is also a perfect example. This is predicated on the fact that our human desire (horizontal) may sometimes, be intercepted with God’s will (vertical). And when a horizontal dimension of desire intercepts with the vertical, it becomes a cross to be lovely carried.
But I have a little reservation; someone who, out of his or her personal carelessness, was unable to meet up with life challenges and consequentially is suffering it. Can such pitiable situation be termed a lovely acceptance of God’s will?

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