The blog of a group of Filipino Catholics and their frank commentary on anything that affects their lives as a citizen of the Philippines and as a Roman Catholics.
The Scriptures make it clear:Douay-Rheims BibleFor the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.http://bible.cc/1_corinthians/1-25.htmDouay-Rheims BibleHe that is the greatest among you shall be your servant.http://bible.cc/matthew/23-11.htmDouay-Rheims BibleEven as the Son of man is not come to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a redemption for many.http://bible.cc/matthew/20-28.htmUnknown to many, even among the faithful, or simply because of many people's unwillingness to reflect and meditate on it, the saints' contribution in the dynamics of salvation is not so much their eloquence or performance of miracle, as it is their suffering. That's right! It's their offer of suffering for the love of God and neighbor that pleases God most. The eloquence they have is not really theirs but God's. The miracle that took place is not THEIR miracle, but God's. But the mystery of suffering - the pain, the agony, the discomfort, the situation of being misunderstood, etc. - is something that followers of Christ can rightfully claim as theirs and can offer to God. And God, in His mysterious ways and divine wisdom has been mandated suffering to be 'salvific', the power to save both one's self and OTHERS even! What that means is that if someone in England is about to commit the mortal sin of murder because of anger and hatred, but another person in Philippines, living a very simple and hidden life, and s/he happens to be suffering from a severe back problem - an excruciating pain - and offers such suffering for the glory of God, God in His exercise of mercy and justice may condescend to the potential murderer and give him light or re-arrange circumstances in a manner where the meditated murder doesn't take place and the would-be-murderer even becomes remorseful and repentant as to go to Confession and ask for forgiveness.Such is the power of suffering, that is often overlooked because God's ways are not our ways.And since sickness brings about suffering, we would do well to reflect more on the Saving Power of Suffering:APOSTOLIC LETTER - SALVIFICI DOLORISON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING OF HUMAN SUFFERINGby JOHN PAUL IIhttp://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_11021984_salvifici-doloris_en.html...and unite ourselves with those who suffer on Day of the Sick:MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER ON THE OCCASIONOF THE TWENTIETH WORLD DAY OF THE SICK(11 FEBRUARY 2012)http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/messages/sick/documents/hf_ben-xvi_mes_20111120_world-day-of-the-sick-2012_en.htm