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QUEEN OF PEACE
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Mary TV April 6, 2016 Reflection -"My Son loves those who suffer pains."
(c)Mateo Ivankovic 2016
April 6, 2016
Dear Family of Mary!
April 2, 2016
children...Pain elevates and is the greatest prayer. My Son, in a
special way, loves those who suffer pains. He sent me to soothe them for
you and bring hope. Trust in Him..."
Pain is very
difficult to accept or to understand. Pain indicates danger and is
necessary because it helps us avoid injury. Pain tells us that our body
is under attack. We instinctively flee pain. Our only thought is to find
a way to stop the pain. And yet, sometimes it does not go away. We have
to bear it.
Our Lady tells us
that she has been sent to soothe our pain. She tells us that Jesus loves
us especially when we are in pain. He has great empathy for us and
longs to console us and help us. He loves us and hates to see us suffer.
Jesus knows pain. He suffered terribly for us, to save us. He accepted
the Passion to save us. He doesn't want us to suffer.
So how can pain elevate us? How is it the greatest prayer?
I think it is in
surrender that pain can catapult our prayer heavenward. When we
surrender ourselves to the Lord in our pain, and offer it to Him in
trust and love, we truly become detached from self. Our prayer becomes
pure. It becomes like Jesus' prayer on the Cross.
suffered a great deal of pain. She was very sick for many years. The
doctors could not help her very much, and so she was left to endure her
condition, many times all alone. But Jesus did not leave her side. He
spoke to her often about her suffering, encouraging her and soothing
St. Faustina had this to say about suffering:
Oh, if only
the suffering soul knew how it is loved by God, it would die of joy and
excess of happiness! Someday, we will know the value of suffering, but
then we will no longer be able to suffer. The present moment is ours.
Our Lady tells us
the same thing, "My Son, in a special way, loves those who suffer
pains." Jesus identifies with us when we suffer. He unites Himself with
us in our pain. He can make our pain holy, and win many victories
through it. It is His love that dignifies and empowers our pain.
But uniting our pain
with Jesus' pain is not easy. We are weak, and pain seems so strong.
St. Faustina prayed this way about her suffering:
not leave me alone in suffering. You know, Lord, how weak I am. I am an
abyss of wretchedness, I am nothingness itself; so what will be so
strange if You leave me alone and I fall? I am an infant, Lord, so I
cannot get along by myself. However, beyond all abandonment I trust, and
in spite of my own feeling I trust, and I am being completely
transformed into trust-often in spite of what I feel. Do not lessen any
of my sufferings, only give me strength to bear them. Do with me as You
please, Lord, only give me the grace to be able to love You in every
event and circumstance. Lord, do not lessen my cup of bitterness, only
give me strength that I may be able to drink it all. (1489)
St. Faustina was
brave. But she knew she was not strong. It was only Jesus' grace working
in her that made her suffering endurable. We also must rely completely
on Jesus in our pain. He alone can bear it. We must lean on Him. But
the present moment is ours!
We must pray to be
healed. It is God's desire to heal us. But sometimes we must endure
suffering, and in those moments, we can turn to Jesus as St. Faustina
did, and beg Him not to leave us alone. He will be with us, because He
loves us in a special way at that moment. Trust in Him!!