Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Witness Suffering

"We prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering."(2 Cor. 6:4-10) To see a Christian believe in God's Love when sorrow befalls him gives Hope.

To see joy on the face of a Christian beset with trials and problems, gives us a new concept of Faith.

To see someone crushed but serene over the death of a loved one, makes us realize there is another life.

To see sickness and pain patiently borne gives us courage.

To see a friend who has suffered the loss of all things begin again with trust and love, gives us strength to continue on.

To see forgiveness and mercy after friends quarrel, brings joy to our hearts.

To see sinners turn to God and rise to great heights of sanctity, increases our trust in His Love and Mercy.

No matter what kind or what degree of pain and sorrow we must endure, we are capable of witnessing to the love of Jesus.

The very fruit the Spirit bears in us calls for Suffering. St. Paul says the fruit of the Spirit is love, but it is not always easy to love. Our love must extend itself to the unlovable. We are to be joyful, but we must be detached and possess a great trust in God to maintain joy.

Mother M. Angelica

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