Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. James 1:2-3
I’m not able to dedicate much time to this week’s article. My wife has been battling some health issues post pregnancy so all of my efforts are being spent caring for her.
She’s sleeping right now as I type this but something is definitely on my heart as a result of my wife’s situation coupled with serious health situations of several dear friends of mine. To be sure, this Lent has brought its fair share of suffering and trials to those I love.
And anytime I face suffering, or see those I love suffer, I’m immediately reminded of a powerful talk Fr. John Riccardo gave several years ago on the topic of redemptive suffering.
During the talk Fr. John explains how he’s never liked the phrase “offer it up” when faced with trials… he says instead of offering it up we should suffer well. He then goes on to explain what it means to suffer well and why it can be such a powerful gift to others.
So, as you make your way through Lent, and possibly through your own personal suffering, I’d encourage you to listen to Fr. John’s words. They’ve helped me in the past… and helped me last night as I listened to the full talk once again.