The Benefits of Suffering

The Salvific Aspect of Suffering

(ie., The fact that Suffering can be Redemptive)

– Six Benefits of Suffering –

  1. Suffering unites the sufferer with Jesus Christ and His Cross.
  1. Suffering helps us to be more sympathetic toward others who are suffering.
  1. Embracing suffering helps us to expiate and make reparation for past sins; that is, the temporal punishment due for them, which must be expiated either on earth or in Purgatory.
  1. Suffering can be offered-up for one’s personal needs and intentions, and/or for the personal needs and intentions of others.
  1. Suffering strengthens personal character, thus leading to growth in such virtues as patience, fidelity and peace.
  1. Suffering benefits the caregiver(s), in that he/or she/or they can benefit from and strengthen their views on compassion, patience and fidelity.

About Fr. Wade Menezes

Fr. Wade L. J. Menezes, CPM is a member of the Fathers of Mercy, a missionary preaching Religious Congregation based in Auburn, Kentucky. Ordained a priest during the Great Jubilee Year 2000, he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Catholic Thought from the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Toronto, Canada and his dual Master of Arts and Master of Divinity Degrees in Theology from Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. His secular college degrees are in journalism and communications.