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Sunday, 2 June 2013

"Why this waste?" Find me, Oh Christ.

There is so much suffering in this world. The only way to understand it is to keep one's eyes on Christ. He took all this suffering into His Own Being, Body and Soul. He offers us His Heart for our puny, little hearts; hearts which not only do not understand, but run away from suffering.

When times are very difficult, run to join Him on the road to Calvary. This is our own real consolation if we agree to cooperate with the graces of purification. If we love someone, do we not want to be with that person, no matter what? I do.

If we complain, or try to run away from the suffering, we may leave the road of perfection and incur the penalty of purgatory. Worse, we may even leave His way entirely.

Accept the suffering which is given. It is given in love. Only love answers the question of "Why this waste?"

Mother General reminded me the last time I saw her that all Catholics are called to have an intimate relationship with Christ. We are called to enter into the mystery of Love.

We move, as I have noted before, using St. Bernard of Clairvaux, from children of a loving Father, to students of the Master and, finally, lovers of the Bridegroom. He seeks us. We need to let Him find us.

Take the Heart of Jesus which He offers you today, in the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.