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Thursday, March 20, 2014

 

Lenten 2014 reflections: Day 17: Suffering as melody?

"Suffering is the most harmonious melody of all." - Sr. Faustina

If I am not Catholic, maybe I'd dismiss this statement as a ridiculous, even dysfunctional, statement of sadomasochism. But to be fair, I understand what Sr. Faustina means. It is not because she enjoyed going through the fires of hell on earth, but because out of her great love, she was ever-ready to sacrifice, making her sufferings not just bearable but beautiful, like wounds that make a man attractive because what otherwise would have been marks of imperfections become badges of honor and courage. Wow!

As for me, never mind. It's hard for a coward like me just to dwell on this thought. I hope you can sense it: It's not easy for me to even write this post. Who wouldn't shudder at the thought of someone chasing after sufferings anyway? But no, seriously, I admire this nun profoundly. She reminds me of another woman with the same depth of love for God, a God-instigated deepness, no doubt: St. Therese of Liseaux.

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