Suffering Saints.

Jesus to The Little Prophet : ‘Make reparation for the sins of others’

September 9th 2019

I was just thinking about ‘what is the meaning of the life of a Saint’. When we think of and see pictures of Saints we in this world can view them as Angelic and Holy. That’s true I guess but one thing connects all Saints: Suffering.

To be a Saint one must suffer. Jesus told us Saints of old relished the chance to suffer as it would help Jesus save souls.

The lives of St Veronica Guiliani and Padre Pio were painful. They were hounded sometimes directly by the enemy or he would work through others around them or events to make their lives difficult.

With Saints God has chosen these blessed souls to lead others to him. Jesus will require suffering from them and things will be allowed to happen to them to cause suffering.

There is the struggle with the cross and then coming to terms with your cross. We discover that accepting our cross with trusting docility lightens our load. Fighting against your cross causes more hardship. Guardian Angels were always there to help prop them up when weary.

A Saint I think would need to be made a genetically sensitive person as the pain they suffer has to be felt deeply and viscerally in service to Jesus.

Padre Pio knew the 3rd secret and that the apostasy would be at the top of the church. Amongst other torments one of his crosses was the hierarchy of the church who because of their suspicion banned him from saying masses for a period. Padre Pio willingly suffered and said that he took on this suffering because of what he saw that was to come of the church during the end times. The church itself in irony became an instrument of suffering for him.

St Veronica had a deep love of Jesus and identified so deeply with his suffering and realised that Jesus was still suffering. She wanted to help Our Lord and willingly suffered for him.

There would of been a psychological crisis in the life of a saint in accepting their cross but a metanoia once this understanding was accepted and understood.