Fulton Sheen once said “The greatest tragedy is Wasted Suffering.’ Pope Francis surprised the world when he first words were ‘Pray for Me.’ Pope Francis didn’t say these words as a pious gesture. He truly meant what these words. He knew that he needed the prayers of the People of God.
We are one Body one Body in Christ. St Therese the little flower had a deep understanding of the Body of Christ. She would offer some discomfort so that a missionary on the other side of the planet would be helped. When I visit people in the hospital I have a deep faith that ‘We are One Body in Christ.’ I ask the sick to pray for me.
Prayer in powerful. But more powerful still is prayer said in Faith, Hope and Love united to suffering. The hospital are good mines of untapped grace. Fulton Sheen was right when he said ‘The greatest tragedy is wasted suffering.’
I have ‘A Vision.’ to help all the sick, those who suffer in the hospital and out of the hospital as Vital and essential members of the Body of Christ. When we learn to help the sick offer up their suffering for the good of the Church we will see many graces and blessing flowing down on the Church from Jesus.
Mary Healy writes in her book ‘Healing’ “How much wasted suffering there in the world today! How many people are lying in hospital or nursing homes simply enduring their pain and loneliness or even letting bitterness fester. If only they knew how much potential their suffering has for empowering the Church mission to bring the light of Christ into the world. Often it is because no one has told them: no one has called upon their intercessory muscle. If they lovingly offer their suffering in union with Christ, especially of they offer it for specific intentions, their seemingly unless lives will actually be bearing abundant fruit. As one priest I know says, ‘Their loves are not a waste, they are the Marine Corps of the Church.’
One Body with Many Members
1 Corinthians 12-26
“12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles,[a] some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.[b]
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.”
St Paul is telling us that the less honorable parts are the most important. This means that the very parts of the Body of Christ that we often overlook are often the most important. The sick are a vital and necessary part of the Body of Christ.
Thought and prayer for the day.
Jesus I offer you this discomfort, this pain, this inconvenience, for this person, intention. Jesus I know there is nothing small in your eyes. And the smallest suffering offered in love are powerful in Obtaining Graces and Blessing from You Jesus. If the smallest suffering offered in Love have such power in the sight of God. I can only imagine what the Divine value of a Holy Soul offering up their pain and suffering to You Jesus can Obtain in the Sight of God.