Sunday, February 3, 2013

Are Sufferings Blessings in Disguise?

 Some people are starting to think we need not suffer but just need to keep calling down blessings from God. While I agree we should ask for blessings, I believe we should never turn away from suffering because it is in our willingness to suffer that we will be healed and perfected. It is the fire that refines us it transforms us and makes us stronger, more beautiful and perfected. 

Why are people beginning to embrace the teachings that God wants only to bless us and give us all that will make our lives easy? This is falsehood. A loving parent gives us what we need not what we want. A child in need of therapy to recover use of once broken limbs, must be forced to walk on them,in excruciating pain, to strengthen the muscles and move the joints. If the child screams and cries, a loving parent will console but NOT remove the suffering because it is in suffering that pain that the child will one day be able to run! 

Be cautious of those who are preaching only abundance and blessings and good things without a cross. We are all called to suffer. It is because of sin that has entered into the world that we must suffer. It is because we are at war ( because of sin) with one another, that we must suffer one another. It is because of sin and death that there is illness and disease and so sometimes we must suffer in this way. 

I'm sure you already know this but I've heard lately, some, that are beginning to preach blessings only and it concerns me enough to want to write. It is not because I believe you would begin preaching blessings only because I know that you understand the value of suffering but I write to you rather so that you will pay attention to those who come preaching blessings only.

Peace in Christ our King and may Our Lady of Guadalupe heal, hide and protect you

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