The Work of Suffering
Posted: 12:00 pm on June 30th, 2016
A friend of mine suffered four consecutive strokes in two weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year. He was in the hospital for 26 days, and is now doing the difficult work of recovering what functionality he can. He is a brilliant and accomplished scientist, but has known his share of suffering — Giullaine-Barre Syndrome, two tick borne illnesses, open heart surgery for a congenital heart defect, and now four debilitating strokes. Because we are human, it is hard to remember that all the work we offer to God is equally efficacious, both in heaven and on earth — even the work of loss, deprivation, and suffering. It’s really no different from the dignity of any other kind of work. It fact, because it requires complete surrender and humble-heartedness, it is more dignified when we embrace our suffering and accept it with a mind open to all the spiritual goodness that can come from it. The glamour of the world confuses us and makes us think the opposite. My friend is doing the most important work of all now. His work of suffering will bear more fruit than all the years of work in better health that preceded it. I hope I am like him when I grow up.