The Immense Value of Suffering

CLICK to hear exorcist Msgr. Rosetti’s thoughts while visiting the Garden of Gethsemane, site of the Agony in the Garden.

This place reminds us of the reality of suffering in the life of Jesus and in our own lives. You see this also in exorcisms, where the possessed often go through great torments and trials.

People ask me, ‘Why does God allow this?’

Well, it’s the mystery of suffering, but we know that God doesn’t make people suffer. It comes into the world because of sin and evil, but what God does do in Jesus is he redeems it through the death and resurrection of Jesus, which he willingly gave himself up to death for our sake, we are redeemed.

So when we attach our sufferings to His when we offer our sufferings to his; when we accept our own sufferings in faith, it can become a great source of grace and redemption for ourselves and for others.

We see this in exorcisms–that people, after being liberated and after suffering greatly, they become often people of great faith and we are sanctified by this.

So it’s here in the Garden of Olives and Gethsemane that we begin to realize the power of Christ’s resurrection and the transformation of our own sufferings.

The saints often used their suffering as a means of redemption, as Jesus and His Church call us to.

Jesus told St. Faustina, “My child, you please Me most by suffering…The more you will come to love suffering, My daughter, the purer your love for Me will be.”

St. Augustine said, “Trials and tribulations offer us a chance to make reparation for our past faults and sins. On such occasions, the Lord comes to us like a physician to heal the wounds left by our sins. Tribulation is the divine medicine.”

Therefore, offer your sufferings to Christ for your redemption and that of others. Your suffering has meaning!

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