Ave Maria Meditations
Consider how useful it is to think of the sufferings of Christ. There is no better consolation amid the sufferings of life. Are you being ridiculed and persecuted, have you been laid low by painful illness, is your soul worried and sorrowful, then look at your suffering Savior. Contemplate Him from the time He suffers the agony in the garden until He draws His last breath on the Cross.
What you are suffering, He endured in far greater measure, and what is most consoling, His suffering has obtained for you the necessary strength to bear your sufferings patiently and with merit. His death has affected our redemption, so that in time of direst need, when our soul is oppressed because of the sins we have committed, we may look up with confidence to our suffering Savior. “If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Just; and He is the propitiation for our sins” (1 Jn 2:1-2).
Have you always had recourse to your suffering Savior?
+ Fr. Marion Habig, OFM