Have you ever heard of the term “apostolate of suffering?” No? I hadn’t either, until I read a post at Ignitum Today who’s title was that very phrase, “The Apostolate of Suffering.”
The word “apostolate” is derived from the greek word “apostolus” which means “messenger.” Today, the term is generally defined as “an association of individuals who work for the dissemination of a religion or doctrine.” On the other hand, the word suffering simply means “a state of pain or distress.” With these very definitions in mind, it shouldn’t be so hard to see what the term “apostolate of suffering” means–a group of suffering or ailing Catholic Christians who take part in finishing the Lord’s work. Yes, you heard that right, sick people taking part in the Lord’s ministry.
Coming across this phrase today was not only very enlightening but also very inspiring. It reminded me that the Lord has a purpose for each of us–no matter what our predicaments in life may be. As God told the Apostle Paul, and says to each and every one of us in 2 Corinthians 12:9m “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” Let us open our hearts to the Lord today and let Him use us.