Monday, 28 January 2013
The Stuff of Martyrs and Garrigou-Lagrange Part One
Posted by Supertradmum
I find it interesting that some young people accept that they will suffer, in some way, for their Catholic Faith in the future, and some do not.
Suffering is part of life and we either suffer because that is a direct consequence of our own sin, or the consequence of the sin of Adam (death, illness, clouding of the intellect, concupiscence and the weakening of the will), or we suffer because God has invited us to join Him in His Passion.
The latter is the road of the martyr. Christ invites a person to walk the way to Calvary with Him and face the horrible, degrading death He accepted for our sakes.
Some are called to do this. And, all Catholics are called to suffer with Christ once they have been purified of serious sin and are in the Illuminative State.
This purification is the last stage of such. Here is Garrigou-Lagrange on this point.
Interesting that we not only have to accept the Cross Christ gives us, but add mortifications we choose as well?