Posted by: liturgicalyear | February 16, 2012

Suffering with Christ

Every month when my new Magnificat shows up, I go to the back of the book to look up the meditations from one of my favorite saints or authors.  Earlier in the month, when my February issue arrived, I did just that.  I found a wonderful meditation by Caryll Houselander and thought, “Hmmm…this would be a terrific meditation to share.”

Well… my planned post for today entailed making and publishing a Lenten lapbook, but quite honestly, I just plain ran out of time.  Maybe next time. So as the clock ticked away, I said to myself, “Time to change course,” and I thought back to that meditation I’d looked up earlier in the month.  Lo and behold, it is today’s meditation! I guess this is the day it’s meant to be shared.  My apologies to those of you who pray with the Magnificat and have already read it.  I hope you will read it again, nonetheless.

I pray this blesses you as it does me,  Anne

Sharing Christ’s Passion

Suffering, if we are one with Christ and so offer it in his hands to God, is the most effective of all acts of love.

This is not a fanciful idea, it can be a reality. Christ is the incarnation of love itself.  Love itself become flesh and blood, become our flesh and blood therefore with our suffering, with our pain and sorrow.  He did not bring suffering into the world, but because we had done so and it was there, he came to wed himself to it, to make it inseparable from his redeeming love, one thing with love itself.

By making our humanity one with his, by making our suffering his own, he has literally given himself to us, made his suffering ours, so that we now have as our own his power of love.  His sacrifice offered for the world is irresistible to the Father.  Because it is real reparation for sin it lightens the heavy burden that is bending the back of humanity, and man can lift himself up.  In it the world’s healing begins.

It is this power of his own love that Christ has given to us.  Because of it our personal share in the world’s suffering is never useless, always potent.  It is the most effective gift we have for the good of our fellow men.

In Christ all humanity is contained.  If we live in him we can lift up all the world’s suffering in our own, and we can bear this mystery without staggering because of the miraculous economy of pity, through which in each man’s suffering all suffering can be turned to love, but no one man can suffer more than his one hearts measure of grief.

It is only the God who is love who can bring light to the dark secret of human sorrow.  When that light shines upon it, it is seen as the supreme communion of Christ’s love between men.  The measure in which our own suffering becomes love is not the size of our suffering, but the degree of our oneness with Christ.  (Magnificat, Feb, 2012, p. 245-246)


  1. INTERESTING. The whole Catholic theology of suffering has been helpful to me. I have a question. So many Catholics use the Magnificat. I have been using Give us This Day–which also has morning , evening and the Mass, and gives bios on the Saints, etc. Can you explain any differences in these two devotionals?

    • I can’t really comment as I haven’t used Give Us This Day. I think I’ve picked it up in the past, but never stuck with using it. Even with the Magnificat, I’m inconsistent in its use. I do bring it to Mass with me, but I don’t often do morning or evening prayer. I do read the meditations, though. The best way for you to know is to take a look at it yourself. I believe you can buy a single issue at a local Catholic gift shop. You might also see if you can take a look at from someone in your local parish who might be using it.

      • Thanks

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