Working On News letter for Hospital ‘Redemptive Suffering’ Thoughts from Mary Healy Book ‘Healing’

‘I rejoice in my suffering for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s affliction for the sake of his body, that is, the Church’

Mary Healy in her book ‘Healing’ writes ‘Some people call her the Mother Teresa of Mexico. Madre Ines Valdivia Gonzalez in in her late eighties but still runs an orphanage for children with mental and physical disabilities, Casa Hogar La Divina Providencia, near Mexico City. Despite the poverty and suffering within its walls, the Casa is a place of joy, laughter and peace. Among the many miracle that have taken place there is in the following, which Madre Ines recounted to a missionary friend of mine who often visits the orphanage. A man visited the Casa who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He shared with Madre that since he did not have much time left on earth, he realized he had better get right with God. He decided to visit the orphanage as a way of doing a good deed…As the visitor walked through the room, the limp hand of one boy brushed against him, so he sat down and held the boy’s hand for a few minutes as the child gazed intently into his eyes. The next day he woke up feeling better than he had in some time. The next day he felt even better, and the next day better still. He went back to the doctor, and after some tests was informed that his body was completely cancer-free.’

‘This story illustrates the profound spiritual interconnection that exists among the members of the body of Christ. Did that handicapped boy in some way offer up his suffering for the man with cancer?’

We read in the prophet Isiah ‘He had no form that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our grief and carried our sorrow; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our sins; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with his stripes we are healed.’

John Paul II in ‘On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering’ ‘The Redeemer suffered in place of man and for man. Every person has his own share in the Redemption. Every one is also called to share in that suffering through which the Redemption was accomplished. He is called to share in that suffering through which all human suffering has also been redeemed. In bringing about the Redemption through suffering, Christ has also raised human suffering to the level of the Redemption. Thus each person, in their suffering can also become a sharer in the redemptive suffering of Christ.’

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