How to Triumph Over Suffering

By The Ruth Institute Published on April 28, 2024

From Faith Hakesley at “Advice from a Survivor”:

Everyone suffers whether due to his own personal choices, what someone has done to him, or because of natural occurrences. Life certainly doesn’t seem “fair” at times but by opening our lives to Christ we discover that only He can triumph over suffering. He is the key!

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Jesus never said anything about this life being free from difficulties. As a matter of fact, Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24). By His very suffering and death, Jesus shows us that suffering is a part of life. He shows us how powerful it is when done with love.

Our Lord also shows us that suffering has purpose and meaning. Embracing the cross plays a vital role in our lives, not only if we wish for ourselves and others to be healed, but also if we wish to love and follow Christ.

Catholics have probably heard the phrase, “Offer it up.” I heard this a lot growing up, especially in response to little inconveniences (such as not wanting to eat my lima beans).

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