ST. PAUL ON SUFFERING: This is an excerpt from an excellent article on the redemptive value of suffering. It is linked below and well worth printing out for study. – “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church” (Col 1:24).
“What is lacking” is uniting our suffering to Jesus’ Passion. This grace transforms us into Christ and then flows through us to bring our Lord to others.
In these verses we discover another mystery of the Father’s love. He chooses to incorporate us into his divine Son and into the Family business of the Blessed Trinity, which is the salvation of souls. St. Paul could “rejoice” in his suffering because in his surrender he was conformed to his crucified Lord and cooperated with Jesus in the salvation of souls. Here we find meaning in our trials.