Finding Meaning in Suffering

There have been a few moments in my life that made me ask this question, “Why does God allow good people to suffer?” My faith is unwavering in the fact that God can do something to help those who suffer, but I often get lost in the motions of trying to figure out why God in His great power permits His most faithful children to experience pain and suffering. I believe that you may have found yourself in this kind of confusion at one point in your life.

Today, a blog reading somehow made me feel ashamed of my questioning attitude. The message from Deacon Dave Wadle–a committed Catholic Deacon and a faithful servant of the Lord who suffered from a rare and incurable cancer called mantle cell lymphoma. He was diagnosed of the disease in 2008 and died in 2012. In his message entitled Faith and My Cross, he shared just how humbling and meaningful suffering can be. One of my favorite lines in his message was this, “How blest we are as Catholics to know that our suffering is not meaningless if united to the suffering of Christ.”

This message lead me to reflect in this passage from II Corinthians 12:9-10, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”