Sunday, February 14, 2010

Share in Suffering, Share in Joy

Saint James:
Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone in good spirits? He should sing praise. Is anyone among you sick?  He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven.
(Jam 5:13-15)

Pope Benedict XVI 
"The maternity of the Church is a reflection of the solicitous love of God," he said. "[...] Like Mary, the Church bears within herself the tragedies of man, and the consolation of God, she keeps them together, in the course of her pilgrimage in history.

"Across the centuries, the Church shows the signs of the love of God, who continues to do great things in humble and simple people. Suffering that is accepted and offered, a sharing that is sincere and free, are these not, perhaps, miracles of love?"

The Holy Father reflected how "we live a joy that does not forget suffering, on the contrary, it includes it."

"In this way," he said, "the sick and all the suffering are in the Church not only recipients of attention and care, but first and above all, protagonists of the pilgrimage of faith and hope, witnesses of the prodigies of love, of the paschal joy that flowers from the cross and the resurrection of Christ."
Pope Says Suffering Need Not Exclude Joy

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