What is this all about? What do we do with suffering, loss and sin? As Catholics, we have the answer. Unite our suffering with Jesus on the cross. Colossians 1:24 gives us the key according to St. Paul: “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.”
Christ’s sufferings were, of course, sufficient for our redemption, but all of us may add our suffering to his, in order that the fruits of his redemption are applied to all. We may even offer the pain we see in the world due to sin, division and a lack of grace -in reparation and union with Jesus. Reparation is, by definition, the making of amends for wrong or injury done.
Fr. Patrick has asked each parishioner to consider how we might “repent and believe.” Especially during this pandemic, it is an opportunity for all Christians to pray for the world -the sorrow, the sin, and the loss of so much grace. How can we change the world to be more like Christ, loving unconditionally? Uniting His Sacred Heart with ours –changing one heart, one prayer at a time. Each parishioner can choose prayerfully discerned prayer, along with acts of love and sacrifice.