redemptive suffering

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The Mystery of Human Suffering

Although we are aware of unavoidable suffering, often we live in fear of it, seeking to elevate this suffering by any means. For myself, I admit that the times I urgently wished to end my suffering, are the times I fell into sin. Our nature appears to be a river that does its best to flow uphill, […]

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I Can’t Bear to Watch

Every Good Friday, I watch The Passion. I reserve watching this movie for once a year. This is an amazing movie, but I do not watch it more to ensure that it always has the impact that it first did. This movie is violent, emotional, and grueling. So was the Crucifixion. I can’t bear to […]

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“Good” Friday?

Good Friday is a peculiar name. When I think about Good Friday, it doesn’t always feel “good.” This is the day on which our Lord was Crucified. When one looks from the perspective of salvation at the fact that without dying, Christ could not rise from the dead, then it is “good”, but when taken […]

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Monkey Business

I’ve known since I was in first grade that my stay in purgatory will probably be quite long (and I believe my reservation at the Suffering Suites hotel is getting longer day by day, but never mind that for now). As I remember, the earliest series of serious and repeated offenses  that sent me toward […]

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The Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Deus caritas est, and His love, as it is true, is eternal and faithful and full. Out of love Jesus saves us by His life, death, and resurrection. The suffering servant gives His life for us. Indeed, He pours out His life physically for us and in this pouring out He shows us love in […]

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