1. Begin with the prayer for specific for each session
  2. Watch the TED talk video
  3. Watch the reflection video by one of the pastoral team members
  4. Pray over the scripture passage
  5. Review Personal Reflection Questions

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SESSION #5 – Finding Meaning In Suffering

Opening Prayer

Prayer to Unite Your Suffering to His Passion

Lord Jesus Christ, my Redeemer, the extravagance of divine love is boldly proclaimed in Your passion and death. From the pulpit of the Cross You have spoken to me personally. When I gaze upon You in the midst of Your agonizing passion, I read a love letter written in Precious Blood. You call to my heart in love’s unspoken language that is more deeply understood than words.  You lay down Your life for me with total liberality. My heart suffers and longs to be consumed by Yours that is opened wide by the Roman soldier’s sword. As I venerate the Cross, and Your five holy wounds, I place my suffering inside of Yours. With confidence I unite my suffering to Yours knowing that all human suffering is absorbed into Your holy wounds by which I am healed.





2 Corinthians 1:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.


  1. What is God saying to us in our pain?
  2. Has your own suffering changed your attitude towards others who are suffering?
  3. Has your suffering or pain prompted you to make changes in how you live your life?
  4. Could the story of my suffering offer hope to somebody else? Who needs to hear my story?





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  1. Annette

    Very good topic, we can all learn from this. We just need to listen and love❤️

  2. Marilyn

    I wanted to share this meditation with all of you; its seems to tie all of these talks together. I wrote it in my journal and go to it often.
    Pain as a Means to Holiness…
    What kind of a Christian would you be if there were no pain in your life? Expect it, therefore, and welcome it, because pain is like a fire sent by God to cleanse your soul, your heart and your mind. Because of it, you can cease to be self-centered, and con go out to all your brothers and sisters. So when there is pain in your life, try to add the words, “Praise be to God for the pain!”
    Pain is the path that leads higher into the mountains of the Lord. It is also the tool that helps you straighten out the path of the Lord in your own heart so that you level out its hills and fill in its valleys. Then you yourself, and your brothers and sisters too, can walk on a smooth path to the Lord – the path that you have made with the tools of love, of hope, and of pain.
    The Bible says of Christ, “Son though he was, he learned the meaning of obedience through all he suffered” (Heb 5:8). Jesus came to do the will of God; and to be obedient to the will of God is to suffer. But where does that suffering lead? It certainly doesn’t lead to depression. No. It leads to joy, to love, to faith. Pain is the chalice of love. I hope that we will understand why Christ gives us a share of his pain; it is so that we may imitate him and be led by him to his Father.
    –taken from Dearly Beloved Vol. III – Catherine Doherty
    Thank You to Father John and his team for this retreat; well done!!!


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