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Suffering - Poche - 05-08-2013

Pope Francis says that good Christians don't whine about suffering. I will have to admit that I have never been good at mortification. What is your take on this?

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/good-christians-dont-whine-about-suffering-pope-says/


Re: Suffering - SCG - 05-08-2013

I'm with you, Poche. Everyone's tolerance level is different and, on top of that, some of us sink into a deep depression when we get physically sick. I just had a friend who committed suicide because he could no longer tolerate his suffering. He didn't whine, he just blew his brains out. So the Pope's message doesn't inspire me at the moment.


Re: Suffering - loggats - 05-08-2013

I found it inspiring but then again I'm giving to whining quite a lot so it spoke to one of my sins and shamed me with a good old home truth.


Re: Suffering - catquilt - 05-08-2013

I agree with loggats, this is an extremely important concept. We shouldn't go out of our way to find it but when it happens, we need to offer it up, i.e. pray to God to use our suffering for some good.


Re: Suffering - Tim - 05-08-2013

If you make a daily offering, you don't have to be pre-occupied with it. I know it keeps my mind off of whining.

tim


Re: Suffering - SCG - 05-08-2013

Well I do whine; mostly in my heart where nobody can hear me except God. I'm sure he gets sick of listening to me. But I have a Job relationship with God. I do ask "why me" and I do moan and groan, but it's always to him. It doesn't mean my faith is weak. And I do get to a point where I shut-up and come to acceptance. Until the next ailment. Then I'm back to stamping my feet and arguing with God again. Then it comes to acceptance again. I think I have a good relationship with God. I think it's good for some people to get their anger and self pity off their chest, and I think some people can't help it. As long as you can move beyond each hurdle. I don't agree with the Pope that whiners can't be good Christians.


Re: Suffering - Tim - 05-08-2013

(05-08-2013, 12:20 PM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: Well I do whine; mostly in my heart where nobody can hear me except God. I'm sure he gets sick of listening to me. But I have a Job relationship with God. I do ask "why me" and I do moan and groan, but it's always to him. It doesn't mean my faith is weak. And I do get to a point where I shut-up and come to acceptance. Until the next ailment. Then I'm back to stamping my feet and arguing with God again. Then it comes to acceptance again. I think I have a good relationship with God. I think it's good for some people to get their anger and self pity off their chest, and I think some people can't help it. As long as you can move beyond each hurdle. I don't agree with the Pope that whiners can't be good Christians.

You bet !

tim


Re: Suffering - JacafamalaRedux - 05-08-2013

(05-08-2013, 08:54 AM)StrictCatholicGirl Wrote: I'm with you, Poche. Everyone's tolerance level is different and, on top of that, some of us sink into a deep depression when we get physically sick. I just had a friend who committed suicide because he could no longer tolerate his suffering. He didn't whine, he just blew his brains out. So the Pope's message doesn't inspire me at the moment.

Oh that is the saddest thing; suicide. I am so sorry.  :pray2: