Help with yesterday’s post on Love v. Suffering

Yesterday, I posted here on love and suffering and how you cannot love without suffering (https://marcsviewonstuff.wordpress.com/2013/04/21/love-and-suffering-smack-down/)

I thought of two aids for this, as it is not an easy quote for us to read…especially for us sanguines. One is the response of the world, and one of encouragement and hope.

First….the world’s response (and/or St Louis Catholic’s)


Second…the real response and encouragement, offered by one of the priests over at AudioSancto.org

Here is a link to the sermon: The Purpose of Suffering

A description from their website is as follows:

Anecdotal example of a good shepherd and how that compares to Our Lord, the very best of the good shepherds. We often cannot see the meaning of our suffering. Examples of suffering in our current times; going against the culture. Recommended reading: Why Must I Suffer? This book offers 15 reasons for our suffering. One is for the expiation public and national sins. List of typical national sins and due punishments. Why do the innocent suffer?

Despite its length of 28 minutes, I cannot recommend highly enough that this be listened to a couple of times. It is very encouraging but it’s also kept real. Someone must atone for the sins of our nation. God will provide us with the grace to make it through.

How do you all feel about this?



  1. Marc, these are all excellent books and sermons. Only real spiritual progress happens through suffering contrary to what the secular world’s opinion is on the matter. Thank you for sharing. We all need a reminder! đŸ™‚ God bless you and your family.

  2. Thanks for posting this! Some of us Sursum Corda folk literally just had this conversation on love and suffering. I sure know that it is sometimes really tough to swallow because we just want to be happy and peaceful and “la-de-da-ing” around. We missed the point. Just like a farmer toils in his field to cultivate and harvest his crops, the suffering in our souls cultivates the fruits of charity. The harder we work, the greater the reward. The more we suffer for another person, or for God, the greater the investment of that spiritual seed of love and the better opporunity for a glorious harvest. I wouldnt say that the world doesnt understand what it means to suffer for love, rather I would say that we are just too selfish. We choose to suffer in little ways all the time for self-gratification. The trick to understanding true, selfless love is choosing to suffer for others especially when we don’t want to.

    I kind if want to check this book out! I will also definitely be sure to listen to the audiosancto! I don’t think I’ve heard that one before.

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