We missed a lot of you last week, so I am hoping that what I have for you on this website will be helpful. I can’t possibly type everything we went over, but I hope this helps.
This past Sunday, we talked about a lot of things, which included a discussion on suffering. It is often asked, “If God is love, how can there be so much suffering in the world?” We also identified 3 different reasons for suffering in the world. These include:
- Good Reasons – Athletics and discipline account for good reasons for suffering. By discipline, we mean both correcting ourselves for sports and school work, and also by being corrected for our mistakes. While we don’t enjoy these, we agreed that in of themselves, they are a ‘good’.
- Bad Reasons – Sin accounts for most of the suffering in the world. In fact, you can make a sad game out of watching the news in the evening. With a little practice, you will be able to determine which of the Commandments were broken, or 7 Deadly Sins were committed. Natural disasters take place as well, but indeed these do occur naturally in a world with wind, water, and shifting plates that cause earthquakes.
- Godly Reasons – These include sacrifice, and purification. When we talk about sacrifice, we quickly looked to Jesus on the Crucifix, but this also includes the sacrifices your parents make for you each day. Their sacrifices for you align help align their lives with God’s Will for them. Being Godly parents is a win-win for both you and them. With regard to purification, our conversation turned to Purgatory. We spoke briefly about Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory. Oh, I also shared a true story of a friend who told me about his life-after-death experience. Very cool!
Last but not least, we learned to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This is a very powerful prayer given by Jesus with the ability to save souls at the very end of their lives. We also learned about St. Sister Faustina, her conversations and requests from Jesus Himself, the painting, the approvals by the Church, and the Feast of Divine Mercy (which is always the first Sunday right after Easter). Oh, we also talked about All Souls Day. More on that on another post…
A very last and important take away from our talk about the Divine Mercy, is that there are two doors in which we will approach Jesus – a door of Mercy, and a door of Justice. The door we want to go through is the door of Mercy. Trusting in Jesus is a key that opens door, and truly trusting in Jesus includes a relationship which is loving. We will strengthen that relationship this year as you continue to learn your catechesis (er… religious education).
TEST QUESTION: How do you measure love?
Answer: Love is measured in sacrifice.
Have a great week!