C.S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world” (The Problem of Pain, 1940).
Rather than feeling unworthy of God, we need to recognize it is God who joins us in our sufferings. Once we acknowledge the pain and anguish of our sins, that’s the moment when our personal redemption can take place. When acknowledged, God takes our suffering upon Himself and heals it.
It is God’s desire to introduce us to the fullness of redemption filled with His grace and mercy. Have you ever thought about how God joins you and your family to Himself in your suffering? Can you think of any specific circumstances?
May the infinite mercy of God allow us to advance on the great spiritual adventure of Lent to the springtime of Easter. God bless you and your family.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.