Part of what makes the Catholic faith beautiful is in the way it encourages us to embrace suffering. Think about this for a moment: by the way Christ overcame his suffering, he triumphed over sin and death. Now, I don’t want to say that our salvation was achieved through any particular method, rather, in the grace and humility with which Christ suffered and died he gave us an example in how we should live.
The reality of our human condition, stained by sin and its effects, means that suffering and death has become our end. It’s the end we deserve. Christ’s redemption changes the story. We’ll still face suffering and death, but we will no longer be overcome by it. Similarly, we’re invited to unite our sufferings to those of Christ; we’re invited to take up our own cross and follow him. Granted, our sufferings won’t achieve any sort of supernatural atonement for sins, but in the way we offer up our hardships we’ll do penance for the sins we’ve committed against ourselves and others, in what we’ve done and failed to do.
Many holy men and woman have paved the path for us by their example. Here’s where I’d like to introduce you to Fr. Kapaun; a holy man whose cause for canonization is currently being considered.
Well, I’m actually going to let Chris Stefanick introduce him to you…
YouTube // Christopher Stefanick – RealLifeCatholic.com