Friday, January 21, 2011

Simplicity In Suffering






For those of you who are subscribers to Magnificat, the title of this post is familiar if you read the reflection by Elisabeth Leseur. I was very struck by this woman's writing when I read her diary some years ago. 
In her reflection today, which if my memory serves me, is taken from her diary, she speaks about simplicity in suffering. That little phrase made me stop and think for a moment. All of us suffer in one way or another; we cannot escape it in this earthly exile we call life. Suffering though is a relative thing; some suffer more than others either in amount or degree. Sometimes the degree of suffering is in one's perception; what may seem like some small suffering to one person, may be a great hardship or trial to another.
Elisabeth asked for the grace of "simplicity in suffering"~ to be able to carry the cross of her suffering, especially those hidden ones, joyfully.
Some of the sufferings she mentioned, I found myself also having to bear. Things like the burden of material concerns, time wasted, relationships that hold no attraction, putting a smile on my face and being pleasant when I don't feel like it. She lists some spiritual burdens as well like dryness and aridity.
On the surface these things may not seem like tremendous sufferings, but to someone trying to live a holy life, as Elisabeth did, and as we are all called to do, they can be.
Her point (and mine) is that if we accept what we must endure in this life, bearing it joyfully, and knowing that it comes from God for our good and salvation and for His glory we will be given the grace of simplicity in suffering.
St Agnes, whose feast we celebrate today understood how to endure suffering simply. A young girl of only twelve suffered torture, humiliation and death with peace and joy in her heart and soul knowing that she would meet her Beloved Bridegroom at the end of it all.
Let us ask for St Agnes' intercession and pray with Elisabeth Leseur, whose cause for canonization is underway, for the grace of simplicity in suffering.


Elisabeth Leseur's Prayer
O my God, give me an adoring soul, an atoning soul, an apostle's soul, and do with me what You want  according to my pact with You.

*My blogging friend Anne at Imprisoned In My Bones also has a wonderful post and review on Elisabeth Leseur and her diary.

5 comments:

Anne said...

Thanks for the link Karinann, and for remembering that long ago post!

I wish I had a Magnificat subscription! As soon as my Word Among Us subscription expires, I will be ordering Magnificat. I've heard so many wonderful things about it!

God's blessings on your weekend!

Karinann said...

You are welcome Anne. Actually your post came up when I was doing a search on Elisabeth Leseur, trust me my memory is not that good :)
Magnificat is worth every penny, I'm sure you will benefit from it.
A blessed weekend to you as well.

Colleen said...

I read her diary too. Very beautiful post. Hugs!

therese rita said...

Going to start praying today for the grace of 'simplicity in suffering'. Wonderful post!

Karinann said...

Thanks therese rita. It truly is a grace to practice simplicity in suffering.
God bless!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.