March 6, 2104
THURSDAY AFTER ASH WEDNESDAY
Many of us view suffering as painful, and feel the need to rid ourselves of it rapidly. When we suffer, we must look to Christ and to his love. Suffering can be love. Christ suffered on the cross as an act of his pure love for us. He suffered greatly, and was rejected; nailed to the cross for our sins. Instead of looking at our suffering with pained eyes, let us look at it with love. St. Therese of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church, had a heart for suffering. In her short life, she suffered loss, and disease. Yet, she is named the patron saint of missionaries. She took up every cross daily with love and trust. “I understand that to become a saint one had to suffer much, seek out always the most perfect thing to do, and forget self.” (Story of a Soul, p. 27)
Yet take heart, you will never suffer alone. In Christ, you have a consoler. He will take care of you. Rely on him, be vulnerable with him. He will share his heart, and in return he is asking for yours. It may not always be easy, but take the leap of faith.
In denying ourselves with love, we can see him. Let us be open to his Spirit. Let us look to him, and to our Blessed Mother, as we take up our crosses, deny ourselves, and follow him.
Class of 2014
Paulina Pesqueira is a campus ministry intern at St. Mary’s Catholic Center.
St. Mary’s Catholic Center will post a daily reflection from a student, former student, or staff member every day of Lent at 3pm. We have compiled these reflections into a handout, given to our students on Ash Wednesday. (0)