Time spent beside those who are put to the test may bear
fruits of grace (Pope Benedict XVI, World Day of the Sick,
The world as we experience it often seems very different from
the one promised us by faith. Evil, injustice, suffering and death
seem to contradict the Good News. They can shake our faith and
become a temptation against it. Witnesses to hope abound in the
scriptures. Abraham, the Virgin Mary, the apostles: all believed in
the face of desperate circumstances.
St. Paul invites us "to lay aside every weight, and sin which
clings so closely, and to run with perseverance the race that is
set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our
faith" (Heb. 12:1-2).
In Christ's afflictions - in weakness - His power is made
perfect (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1508). By
participating in the Passion of Christ, our suffering (a
consequence of original sin) takes on new meaning; it becomes a
participation in the saving work of Jesus (1521). St. Joseph Parish
extends compassionate support and Christian hope.
We must give praise to "the silent but effective and eloquent
witness of all those brave mothers who devote themselves to their
own family without reserve, who suffer in giving birth to their
children and who are ready to make any effort, to face any
sacrifice, in order to pass on to them the best of themselves"
(Pope John Paul II, The Gospel of Life, 86).
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