Offer it Up – Uniting our Sufferings with the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Whether our suffering takes the form of child loss, of physical pain, of the small, daily sufferings that come from serving Him through our vocations, or all of these, when we offer them in love, uniting them to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which suffered so much out of love for us, we can be assured that our suffering is the currency of heaven, and that Jesus is using it to purify us and make us like Himself.

In the Raw – Our God is in Control

I was overwhelmed. I can remember those feelings every year – trying to be strong and to navigate everything while feeling so emotionally and physically weak. And this year is no different. Except that, despite all of my could be’s and should be’s from the past week, I am reminded, kindly, gently, by a Father who has never been anything but loving and trustworthy and good to me, that He is.

In the Raw – Comfort From My Father

I remembered that He refines us by fire, and that when a refiner is working with precious metals, making them pure and perfecting them, he holds them in the fire just until he can see his own reflection and all the impurities are burned away – not for a moment longer.  And then, he takes them out.  But he doesn’t just leave them.  He molds them into something special.

In the Raw – Grieving Other Losses, Part 2

Some of the other losses we grieve after our child dies have to do with the relationships we had before their death.

People that we imagined would be there supporting us in our darkest hour were nowhere to be found. No phone calls asking how we were or how they could help. Nothing.

The Seventh Sword of Sorrow – The Burial of Jesus

They took the body of Jesus and wrapped it with the spices in linen cloths, according to the burial custom of the Jews. Now there was a garden in the place where he was crucified, and in the garden there was a new tomb in which no one had ever been laid. And so, becauseContinue reading “The Seventh Sword of Sorrow – The Burial of Jesus”

The Sixth Sword of Sorrow – Receiving the Body of Jesus Taken Down from the Cross

Have you ever accompanied a loved one through their suffering? Whether it is a physical illness, the pain of addiction, or an emotional trauma, bearing witness to the suffering of another is a very difficult thing to do, and the closer the relationship we have with them, the more painful it is.

To understand the intensity of the suffering this sword caused our Blessed Mother, we must first understand how much love she had for her Son.

The Fifth Sword of Sorrow – The Death of Jesus

Have you ever accompanied a loved one through their suffering? Whether it is a physical illness, the pain of addiction, or an emotional trauma, bearing witness to the suffering of another is a very difficult thing to do, and the closer the relationship we have with them, the more painful it is.

To understand the intensity of the suffering this sword caused our Blessed Mother, we must first understand how much love she had for her Son.

The Fourth Sword of Sorrow – Meeting Jesus on the Road to Calvary

Have you ever accompanied a loved one through their suffering? Whether it is a physical illness, the pain of addiction, or an emotional trauma, bearing witness to the suffering of another is a very difficult thing to do, and the closer the relationship we have with them, the more painful it is.

To understand the intensity of the suffering this sword caused our Blessed Mother, we must first understand how much love she had for her Son.

The Third Sword of Sorrow – The Loss of Jesus for Three Days in Jerusalem

Sometimes, we undergo suffering that does not seem to us to have a purpose. We may be left with many unanswered questions about our painful experiences, and the greatest one may simply be “why?” Why did I have to go through that? What was the reason for it? Let’s reflect on what our Blessed Mother did when she was faced with this type of suffering.

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