Trials & Encouragement, Part II

From today’s daily mass readings comes more encouragement–and this time from an infallible source–for those in the midst of affliction.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we many be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.

2 Cor. 1: 3-6 RSV

It’s good for me, whose spiritual life often functions like the not so great aspects of my ADHD brain<g>, to have reminders that all our sufferings are not in vain, especially when they feel like they’re getting the best of us–even if we never find out in this life why we had to endure them.

Here’s to helping us better trust God that our sufferings, as well as those of our loved ones (and really everyone everywhere), are all a part of His plan, whether or not we get cc’d on that plan. As Corrie ten Boom sagely said, “God does not have problems, only plans.”


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