|Posted by Doming on July 27, 2016 at 10:05 AM|
BENEFITS THAT COME FROM AFFLICTION Part 1 of 3
In times of affliction, I enrich the souls I love, with My greatest Graces.
See John the Baptist who, chained and cramped in jail,
knew of the work I did.
You do not understand it,
but there is great and invaluable usefulness obtained from affliction.
I do not send them to you because I want you to be harmed,
but because I desire your well being,
and because of this, you must receive them when I send them.
And also thank Me, not only submitting to My divine Will,
but rejoicing because I treat you as My Father treated Me,
since My life in the world was a web of pain and sorrow.
I will explain in detail:
First you will see why afflictions are useful.
He who has not been tempted, what can he know?
He who has a lot of experience, will be reflective
and he who has learned a lot, will meditate with prudence.
He who has always lived in prosperity, in comfort,
does not know anything about the state of his soul.
The first good effect of affliction is to open eyes
that prosperity has kept closed.
Saint Paul was blind when I appeared before him
and then he understood the mistakes in which he lived.
King Manases turned to Me when he was in jail in Babylon,
he knew about his sins and made penance for them.
Think about the Prodigal Son...
So it is that while they live in prosperity,
they only think about the world and moral corruption.
The second good benefit from affliction
is to separate them from their fondness for worldly things.
When the mother wants to wean her nursing child,
she puts something bitter on the nipple so the child withdraws
and gets used to eating.
I do the same with you to separate you from worldly riches:
I make worldly riches bitter so you will abhor them
and love heavenly riches.
I make worldly riches bitter so that you will seek another happiness,
whose sweetness will not deceive you.
The third good benefit is that those who live in prosperity,
stimulated by presumption, vaingloriousness, pride,
the immoderate desire to acquire riches, honors and pleasures,
are freed from all these temptations by means of afflictions.
They make them humble
so to be content with the state and condition
in which I have placed them.
I send afflictions so they will not be condemned
together with this world.
The fourth benefit is to make amends for any sins committed,
much better than the penance you impose on yourselves voluntarily.
What an efficient remedy suffering is
to cure wounds and injuries opened by sins!
Why do you complain?
The affliction you suffer, as Saint Augustine said, is a medicine,
not a punishment.
Job calls a man whom I Myself correct fortunate,
because I make the wound and heal it:
I hurt and cure with My hands.
The fifth benefit is that pains remind you of Me
and force you to turn to My Mercy,
seeing that only I am the One who can relieve you and help you
when you suffer (Matthew 11,28).
The sixth benefit
is that affliction makes you acquire great merits before Me,
giving you an opportunity to exercise the virtues that I love the most:
humility, patience and acceptance of My Will.
Do not forget that a “Thanks be to God”
is worth more than a thousand thanksgivings in prosperity.