God may permit
* To purify/test us
* To bring out
* To strengthen
us/help us to grow
* To expiate sin
* To detach us from
Remember that God
gave us the gift of free will, so persons may unfortunately commit evil acts.
Yet, God rewards suffering, and suffering can be 'medicinal' for us. We should
remember that suffering is actually required for salvation...
not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple." (Our Lord
Jesus Christ, Lk. 14:27)
"All those who
are willing to be saved through the cross will find salvation there. But those
who desire to be saved without it will perish miserably. There is no salvation
except in this cross." (St. Francis de Sales, Doctor of the Church)
"Can you expect
to go to heaven for nothing? Did not our dear Savior track the whole way to it
with His tears and blood? And yet you start at every little pain." (St.
Elizabeth Ann Seton)
And remember that suffering
is for our good...
"We must remember
that all incapacity and distress is sent to us by God. Life and death, health
and sickness, are all ordered by Him; and in whatever form they come, it is
always to help us and for our good." (St. Vincent de Paul)
"In sending us
tribulations, God intends to make us saints." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of
"For as the toils
of the contests bring athletes their crowns, so the test which comes to
Christians through their tribulations leads them on to perfection, if with
fitting patience in all thanksgiving we accept the Lord's dispensations." (St.
"God sufferth not
His servants to be afflicted save for their good." (St. Bonaventure, Doctor of
"He sends us
crosses, not because he wishes evil to us, but because he desires our welfare,
and because he knows that they are conducive to our salvation." (St. Alphonsus
Liguori, Doctor of the Church)
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life is checkered by many and various afflictions, the faithful are to be
particularly reminded that those who patiently bear all the trials and
afflictions coming from the hand of God acquire abundant satisfaction and merit;
whereas those who suffer with reluctance and impatience deprive themselves of
all the fruits of satisfaction, merely enduring the punishment which the just
judgment of God inflicts upon their sins." (Catechism of the Council of Trent)
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