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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Those Who Suffer Now Will Most Certainly be United with Him in His Resurrection

Apparently it is God’s design that, like Christ we suffer a little while with Him on the Good Friday Cross so that we may also share with Him in the Easter Sunday Resurrection. (cf. Romans 8:17) Father John Tauler (+1361) a popular Dominican preacher and theologian of his time puts the purpose of suffering this way.

“What if a person, who has given himself up entirely to God as the source of all his being and is lost entirely in his divine will – what if he does not always experience the sensible emotions of piety and of love; he is nonetheless pure of heart, none the less pleasing to God. The more God leaves a person in a state of natural desolation of spirit, the stronger does he establish him in supernatural grace. The more a person is tried by natural feelings of dread and anguish – as long as these are not intolerable – the more do these very sufferings become an element of security in his spiritual life by nourishing holy humility. They hold him back from ruin, they are like a stout wall built up between him and the danger of losing all the graces that have been granted him. These trials hinder him from rashness and over-security. May God’s eternal love, overflowing and ever faithful, thus be given to us.”

For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. Romans 6:5
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