Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Suffering and the Eucharist

A friend of mine runs a website called One Billion Stories where he collects testimonies of Catholic people along their journey of faith. This story struck me in a special way. The reason? The video is about suffering and the Eucharist. We all experience suffering in life, some of us more than others, but how we handle it determines our joy or sadness. I struggle with this. The secret, I am discovering, is "thanksgiving". Giving thanks for the small things and giving thanks even for the hard things. We are not entitled to anything. Everything is a gift from God. Every new day, every breath we take, every beat of our heart. So, give thanks...Eucharist comes from Greek and means "thanksgiving". So Eucharist is the secret.

Father John Nepil Experiences Suffering on his Path to Knowledge of God