In this second presentation on Embracing Suffering as an element of devotion to the Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, we review the understanding of love and the difference between God's love and human love we discussed last week. We then look at the stages of Christian growth and how we normally grow very slowly through them, e.g,. from Relational Christianity to Transformational Christianity then to Purgative Christianity followed Illuminative Christianity and note that the Flame of Love Devotion puts us on a rocket ride all the way to Purgative Christianity. We showed how the experience of purging our lives of all self, of completely pouring them out in practice, not knowledge, leads us to finally see as God sees.
We came to see that suffering is an essential part of God's plan and undertook to understand why from the scriptures and the Spiritual Diary. We discussed suffering as a gift and our need to seek out suffering and sacrifices. We saw this not just from the Diary but from Saint Paul's letter to the Philippians.
In this presentation, we briefly reviewed the last two presentations on this topic of embracing suffering to set the context. We then proceeded to discuss the relationship between embracing suffering and grace. We explored how grace enables us to embrace our sufferings with joy. We discussed how a lack of humility blinds us to the value of suffering while love and humility unlock its meaning.
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