Suffering is a vocation

Suffering is a vocation and all of us will be called to it. . . I certainly agree with Gladys and her friends Brendan and Carol Pereira! The stories come from the two of her friends, Brendan and Carol.

Truly one can say that suffering is a vocation. . .

The danger of death 

The death of loved ones

Loneliness

The lack of children

Dryness of faith

The difficulty of seeing the wicked prosper 

The consequence of wrong choices

 At some stage of our life, we will taste suffering.

But as Monsignor Ambrose Vaz said at a funeral I (Brendan) attended in Singapore on Friday, while we can’t avoid suffering,  we can choose to avoid misery.‎‎

He‎ recalled that Nicholas Jayaram was visited by suffering, especially in the later years of his life when illness seemed to be a permanent companion. Yet, the 85-year-old soldiered on, happy to be alive to enjoy his family with whatever time he had left.‎

Nicholas Jayaram chose not to be miserable when his body was giving way.‎‎

I am blessed because I know quite a number of people like this man.

 I know Karen. I can’t remember when she was diagnosed with cancer and I have lost count of the tests and scans she has been subjected to. I just know that she has endured far too much pain and suffering in the last few years but she counts her blessings. She thinks of the Passion of Christ and puts her life in perspective. 

I know ‎an Irishman called Felix Donohue. He is skin and bones these days, a shadow of a man who had such a commanding presence in school. A good day these days is spent in a normal ward and a bad day in the high dependency unit. But don’t expect any moaning from him. If anything, the wicked humour is too alive. When a former classmate introduced his teenage son to Bro Felix, the Irishman looked at him and quipped: ‘Are you sure he is your son?’

 My former school principal knows that he is not in good shape but ‎when you have had 86 years, every day is a blessing.

I know Jaclay. Two years ago, the airline lost his bag just before we started a nine-day walking pilgrimage in Spain. He completed the 220km trek in Crocs and borrowed clothes. And he was the most joyful person on the pilgrimage. People gravitate to him because he is a half glass full kind of person. ‎

‎Nicholas, Karen, Bro Felix, Jaclay have all experienced difficulties, storms and suffering in their lives but their reaction to adversity has been measured. 

‎How come?

I guess they were given the grace of God to understand that nothing changes for a Christian. 

The God who is with us when things are going well is the same God who is with us after the tests results have come back or a loved one has passed on.

‎The Jesus who slept while the boat full of apostles rocked in the storm was the same Jesus who calmed the seas. In both situations, He had their back.

In both situations, He was their peace.

The people who choose not to be miserable even during the worst of times remind me that the essence of faith is truly believing that GOD IS WITH US.

God bless!

 

St Pio, Capuchin priest

 

ST PIO, great Capuchin priest

Known to have directed countless souls to our Lord

Through the Sacrament of Reconciliation

ST PIO, wonderful Sufferer for Christ

Known to have been tested and tried

Doubted and suspected of being a fraud

Perseverance was given you

ST PIO, loved by so many

Thanks be to God for the grace to suffer

Indeed this is the way of the true follower of Christ

The genuine Disciple of our Saviour

ST PIO, loved by those who love our Lord Jesus, and I choose to be counted, how can I ever say THANKS for showing us the way to the Heart of our Master and Teacher ?

 

 

Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour

Someone so rightly said, “If you deny that you are a sinner, then you have no right to call Jesus Christ your Saviour?”

To deny that  we are sinners is to call God a liar. Who dares to do this? I will never dare to say anything against my Lord God. I thank Him the day He gave me the grace to accept Him as my Lord and my Master. He is all to me, and I desire to seek Him and love Him and follow Him all the days of my life.

I am a sinner. I need God’s forgiveness each day for the just falls seven times a day.