Why me? Why so much pain? Why do I have to suffer? Why is it so inconvenient? I cannot go out with friends. I don’t have a normal life like other people. I cannot have my normal routine back.
These are my regular rant of complaints. On some especially bitter days, I’d say, did I do something wrong to cause my suffering? Is it my fault? Is it my family members’? My situation? My surroundings?
But Fr. Anthony Ho has a better take on suffering than my rants can offer. Suffering is a result of original sin because we are devoid of our original state of Holiness (the fall of man in the book of Genesis 3).
Jesus was born to partake of our human nature, to partake of our human suffering particularly His suffering on the cross. Suffering on the cross was not necessary for Him but is necessary for us as the natural consequences of our sins. Love and sacrifice cannot be separated.
‘I’m there’ was my instantaneous thought the very moment I heard that St. Mary’s was to be the host parish to PPPG. I had no specific expectations—I just knew I needed St. Pio’s wounds and his example of holy endurance of faith. I will forever be on a faith journey until death, a journey of miniscule baby steps. The pride and confidence of being a child of St. Pio helps me receive the grace to believe that Jesus truly wishes to continually reside in the house of my soul…
How St. Pio endured his wounds and pains has lead me to truly treasure Jesus’ Passion and Crucifixion, and now I hold a greater devotion to it. I am forever grateful to St. Pio for teaching me that the path of suffering is the path of inner peace. I have no need to get rid of my pains, I only need loads of endurance and patience.
By: A spiritual daughter of Saint Pio
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