“For just as lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer and be rejected by this generation.” (Luke 17:24-25)
Take me, Lord. Immerse me in your Presence.
Today is the feast of Frances Xavier Cabrini, the first American citizen to be canonized. The Magnificat has a passage from her writings which ties in with the Gospel, about the wonder of suffering. It is so appropriate at this time when the weather is changing drastically and many are suffering from the pain of both chronic and seasonal illnesses.
Much as we who are aging long to be with you and relieved of grief and infirmity, it is good for us to remember that we still have the opportunity to serve you and share in your Passion. It is a kind of prayer none of us hope for, and yet it helps us to participate in the very process through which you redeem us.
When my brother, Bill, was dying, I gave him a rosary I had had for many years. He said, “I should pray this.”
I responded, “Just hold it. Your suffering is prayer.”
Please help me to remember my own advice when I am tempted to feel useless.