The Privilege of Suffering … Friday, August 30

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. ‘When it is all over you will not regret having suffered; rather you will regret having suffered so little, and suffered that little so badly.’ — St. Sebastian Valfre. Have you ever considered what a privilege it is to take an active part in Redemption? To be able to offer up sufferings for the salvation of souls? God doesn’t need our help, but He lets us help because He loves us and wants us to be a part of and not apart from. And pain? A lot of folks think pain is something to run from. Now, I’m not suggesting that any one invite pain. (If you saw all the pills I take you’d realize quickly that I’m no masochist.) Some pain is, however, unavoidable. But pain is a sign that something is wrong and needs attention. Bodily pain is a very good example of that. Denial of a pain in your chest won’t make the pain go away, but it might lead to a heart attack or worse. Pain is not an enemy, it is an ally. Pain is not the enemy. Running from pain is the enemy. If we don’t run from it, if we use it as God intends, then we’ve shown ourselves to be willing servants and also children of our Father in Heaven who takes the bad and mean things in life and brings out the good for all.

Today …



St. Pammachius

Of the Furii family, Pammachius was a Roman senator and a friend of St. Jerome. Pammachius married St. Paula‘s daughter Paulina in 385. His denunciation to Pope St. Siricius of Jovinian, who was later condemned at a synod at Rome, and by St. Ambrose at Milan, caused Jerome to write a treatise against Jovinian’s teachings that Pammachius criticized, which led to two more letters from Jerome defending his treatise. Paulina died in 397, and Pammachius devoted the rest of his life to study and charitable works. With Fabiola he built a hospice at Porto for poor and sick pilgrims coming to Rome (the first such in the West) and had a church in his house (a site now occupied by the Passionists’ SS. Peter and Paul Church). He often tried unsuccessfully, to tone down the polemics of some of Jerome’s controversial treatises and particularly the bitterness of Jerome’s controversy with Rufinus. Pammachius urged Jerome to translate Origen’s DE PRINCIPIIS, and Pammachius’ letter to tenants on his estate in Numidia in 401 to abandon Donatism evoked a letter of thanks from St. Augustine. Pammachius died in Rome.

An Invitation … Gee, have you ever noticed how long ago so many saints lived? Its like there aren’t as many anymore. Maybe. Maybe today would be a good day for you and me to try to change that.