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The Problem of Suffering

Redemptive Suffering

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

The suffering that pours forth contaminates human life, unless the person who experiences it has a heart that truly loves Jesus. Then, the suffering is transformed and becomes pearls that are accepted as treasures of God’s kingdom. This is the greatest mystery, called redemptive suffering.

There are two kinds of suffering. One burdens, overwhelms, destroys, discourages and multiplies evils of every sort. These sufferings afflict the person who has no faith, who sees life only as a material world, filled with pleasure or pain.

The other sufferings come to people who believe, who seek God and his kingdom. For them, the many earthly trials, large and small, have a different dimension. By accepting them, they grow in their love for Jesus. Their sufferings become their victories, like the five wounds of Jesus.

The heavenly Father never sends sufferings or causes sufferings. He always tries to lessen sufferings. However, the sufferings that do come can be used to bring forth a new greatness of the human person, a soul tested and purified in the fire of earthly trials. I will speak much more of this dimension because much misunderstanding arises.

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