PAIN ON THE CROSS
The Crucified hands there to
answer the questions of our intellect. What is the meaning, what is
the value of pain? Why does man have to endure it? Or, granted
that, why is its ditribution among men so unequal, disproportionate to the
merits of the souls affected by it?
In so far as our meditations deal
faithfully, though in a humble and reverent spirit, with the doctrine of God
made Man, sinless yet suffering for sins; in so far as we honestly propose
to ourselves the questions we all know so well -- Who hands here? Doing
what? By what means? At what moment of time? In what
manner? For what purpose?
We shall come away from our meditation of
the passion both firmer in our faith and more reconciled to the pains and
the sorrows that the sons of Adam are called upon to suffer -- suffer them
in such company as that.
Blessed John Cardinal Newman