Suffering & The Cross

"And he said to all: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me."

~Luke 9:23

By embracing in his human heart the Father's love for men, Jesus "loved them to the end", for "greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." In suffering and death his humanity became the free and perfect instrument of his divine love which desires the salvation of men. Indeed, out of love for his Father and for men, whom the Father wants to stve, Jesus freely accepted his Passion and death: "No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord." Hence the sovereign freedom of God's Son as he went out to his death.

The cross is the unique sacrifice of Christ, the "one mediator between God and men". But because in his incarnate divine person he has in some way united himself to every man, "the possibility of being made partners, in a way known to God, in the paschal mystery" is offered to all men. He calls his disciples to "take up [their] cross and follow [him]", for "Christ also suffered for [us], leaving [us] an example so that [we] should follow in his steps." In fact Jesus desires to associate with his redeeming sacrifice those who were to be its first beneficiaries. This is achieved supremely in the case of his mother, who was associated more intimately than any other person in the mystery of his redemptive suffering.

~Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 609 & 618

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Holding on To Hope - Dr. Scott Hahn

Dr. Scott Hahn describes the difference between optimism and hope. He offers support and reasons to have faith and find hope in times of great suffering.

JEFF CAVINS ON SUFFERING

"'Offer it Up': Opportunities to Grow in Holiness"

**Jocelyne's Resource-of-the-Month, February 2017**
Jeff Cavins discusses redemptive suffering (16 mins).

When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding

Franciscan University of Steubenville Video on YouTube: Jeff Cavins shares personal testimony and presents Biblical passages that support us in our suffering.

Made In His Image (MIHI)

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In September 2011, Maura Byrne spearheaded a new movement called Made in His Image (MIHI), a non-profit which exists to offer hope and healing to victims and survivors of abuse and women struggling with eating disorders. MIHI yearns to educate women about their inherent dignity as a daughter of God, created in His image and likeness and to challenge all women to embrace the beauty of the feminine genius and therefore be authentic women.
The mission of Made in His Image: To begin a dialogue, a discussion, in a safe and compassionate setting, to foster hope and healing, and to empower women to turn from victim to survivor. Ultimately, to provide holistic medical treatment and healing for women suffering from eating disorders, physical, and or sexual abuse, which entails, educating all women on the nature and dignity of the human person, created in the image and likeness of God.

More than Conquerors: How we Win the Prize Through the Passion of Christ

YouTube video: Dr. Scott Hahn speaks at a 2015 Franciscan University of Steubenville Conference about the power of the Cross.

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SpiritualDirection.com -Father John Bartunek addresses the topic of redemptive suffering in this two part article.

The Dark Side - Dr. Peter Kreeft

A thirty minute lecture on the philosophy of suffering by Dr. Peter Kreeft, followed by a question and answer period.