"Lord, please accept this pain as an offering for my own sins, for the souls in purgatory, for the conversion of my family. Please use this pain and make it something beautiful. Lord, I know you can use this. Please use my pain that I have forgotten to offer up in the past."Copyright 2018 Marya Hayes. All rights reserved.[/caption] I know that Saint Teresa of Calcutta said that suffering is compared to the kiss of Jesus, because you are entering closer to the passion of Christ. But in order to do that, I imagine that it has to be your intention to enter into the Passion with Christ. In this stage of life so many of my own friends have suffered with abuse, divorce, children in rehab, substance abuse, and cancer. There are many forms of suffering. I want to encourage you to offer a small prayer, or long prayer, at some point during the moments you suffer. Ask your Savior to do something beautiful and meaningful with your suffering. Then you can add your own intention for your suffering, and enter into the Passion of Christ. Maybe you ask that through your suffering your children might find their way back to the Church. Maybe you offer your prayers for your marriage to heal and return to intimacy. Maybe you pray for larger situations like those suffering in other countries or that our country can come up with a good way to treat those seeking asylum from abuse. Maybe we will pray for the turning of a hurricane or destructive fires to be put out. Whatever it is, I am sure that God will recognize those things that you present without the perfect words. On the phone last night, my good friend reminded me of the power of fasting. It is something that I had not thought of in conjunction with my own pain. I probably thought that dealing with my own pain was enough. It is a good challenge, and one I must consider for the greater good. Copyright 2018 Marya Hayes. All rights reserved.[/caption] We know that Saint Monica suffered much and prayed for the conversion of her abusive husband and for the conversion of her son Augustine for 30 years. That is a lot of suffering and a lot of prayers. Later, Augustine wrote this:
Many years earlier you had shown her a vision of me standing on the rule of faith; and now indeed I stood there, no longer seeking a wife or entertaining any worldly hope, for you had converted me to yourself. In so doing you had also converted her grief into joy far more abundant that she had desired, and much more tender and chaste than she could ever have looked to find in grandchildren from my flesh.Copyright 2018 Marya Hayes. All rights reserved.[/caption] Here are a few prayers for offering up suffering, from OurCatholicPrayers.com:
Dear Lord, Help me to remember in these troubled times The cross you carried for my sake, So that I may better carry mine And to help others do the same, As I offer up (whatever your concern or problem here) to you For the conversion of sinners For the forgiveness of sins In reparation for sins And for the salvation of souls. Amen Dear Lord, I offer you (whatever your concern or problem here) For the conversion of sinners For the forgiveness of sins In reparation for sins and For the salvation of souls. Amen. Dear Lord, during this trial, I offer up to you my confusion Give me clarity I offer up to you my despair Give me hope I offer up to you my weakness Give me strength I offer up to you my pettiness Give me generosity of spirit. I offer up to you all my Negative thoughts from Satan So that when he asks ‘Where is Your God now?” I may respond “Right here with me, giving me His grace As a Heavenly beam of light penetrating your darkness!" Oh my Jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Copyright 2018 Marya Hayes
About the Author
Married to her longtime friend and mommy to 3 high energy children, who demand her constant attention, and direction, Marya serves on the board of directors for a Domestic Violence non-profit. When not working, she is working out, taking the family for nature walks and adventures, or at the movies. She lives in Southern California and feels absolutely blessed to enjoy the beauty of the area every day.