A Vocation to Embrace Suffering

imageA Vocation to Embrace Suffering – How can such a Calling possibly be Realized, Fully Accepted, and Lived Out by Anyone who is of Sound Mind and is in a state of basic Psychological wholeness and Emotional wellness? This is the astounding if not even somewhat mystical revelation of the Mystery of the Cross for the Hermits of the Holy Cross that I hope to be able to address in this Post.

Are we delusional?   Are we simply making the best of our crummy lot in life, hoping to find an excuse, however poor, for meaning, relevance or purpose in this world? Is it some irrational imagining to escape the reality of our chronic pain and sickness?

Some might wonder.   We, ourselves, at times, might even wonder. But, to linger in such thoughts would be, for us who experience this Genuine Calling, a definite Temptation against our Vocation. How do we know? We Know because the Grace to Understand what it is we “Know” in our deepest center to be True is part of our Vocation.

We do not need to imagine.   We do not need to escape. Nor do we need to romanticize what is the True Nature of our Calling in order to make it more palatable. On the contrary. What every Hermit of The Holy Cross Knows to be True is already contained in this mysterious Grace that is given to us, in order that we may embrace the Responsibility of the Call; to hold our place quietly, humbly, and in a hidden manner, according to God’s Plan and Purpose. We can thus share the burdens of humankind in silence, in union with our Lord, Jesus Christ, as we offer our sufferings for the Salvation of All the suffering souls in this World, both living and deceased, in Faith that God will bless and accept these offerings through Christ, our Lord, AMEN.

Blessings and Peace,

+ Theresa (HHC)

About Theresa

Many names, symbols and forms can be used as conveyances for or expressions of the Essential Truths and Intuitive Wisdom of one's personal spiritual path, or even of the one universal spiritual path all share as beings in Time and Space. With respect for all forms and names, religions and cultures, I simply present the way that was given to me for which I am deeply grateful...
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3 Responses to A Vocation to Embrace Suffering

  1. hermitsofstgiles says:

    Theresa, thank you for this excellent article. You have helped me understand more fully what I am experiencing on a daily basis. I often question myself wondering if my suffering has purpose. Suffering does have meaning and is the “soil” for growth in the spirit. I appreciate your words. You are loved. God bless you each day.

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  2. Michelle says:

    Hi Theresa,
    Thank you for your inspiring words! I really liked how you called suffering a vocation. Just putting it into those words gives us courage and hope. Like you have stated there are so many temptations against this truth in our world. God’s grace alone can help us so much.
    Have a blessed day!

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  3. a Hermit says:

    God has embraced you with His Spirit Today! I am blessed to have been an Instrument.


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