DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN     September 11-13, 1998     vol. 9, no. 178

SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

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    INTRODUCTION
          With the messages for the world having been concluded three years ago, slowly the public "Hidden Flower of the Immaculate Heart" has been able to return to the fullness of being Cyndi Cain, wife and mother (roles she never abandoned even for a moment during the public years). However, after much prayer and discernment, she feels strongly that there is much God wishes her to share, for He continually teaches us in our hearts and with the grace of the Holy Spirit, we are to share, to learn, to grow and to be there for one another, as He is always there for us.

          In each weekend issue she hopes to find the time in a busy schedule of caring for a sick child, schooling another son, and the regular work of keeping up a home not to mention helping with the ministry, to write a few lines in sharing with all the experiences and lessons learned in her own introspection. Cyndi has chosen to call her few words, humble and poor in the face of the Almighty, "SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING", for He has placed these words in her heart. To suffer: How all hate the thought, and how, when one is a mother who is faced with the onset of an illness for which the cure may be years away we feel our hearts break in many places. Yet, God hears a beautiful melody here. The angels hear it, too, and so do the saints. The melody reaches to the Heavens and joins with the unending chorus of all the hosts of Heaven praising God. It is Cyndi's sincerest hope that perhaps, together with the reader, we can take our sufferings, which are different yet similar, and place them into this great hymn of praise to the Creator, our Lord, God and Savior, Jesus Christ, and learn to make beautiful music unto the Lord. Below is her sixteenth sonata.

The melody of our suffering is intricately intertwined with the Cross and the Sorrowful Heart of Mary

          We will shortly celebrate the feasts of the Sorrowful Mother and the Triumph of the True Cross, both of which are a significant part of our symphony of suffering here on earth.

          The life of Christ is our example in everything we think, do, and say. Or, rather, Christ's example should be the slide rule of life for all, but sadly, it isn't. His life was one of poverty, suffering, and sorrow, interlaced with the joy of doing the Will of God the Father. Mary's life was no different. The joy of the Annunciation was the beginning of the Sorrowful Mother who gave her Divine Son to God, who gave Him to the people, who gave Him over to a cruel death, who saw Him buried, and rejoiced at his Resurrection and Ascension.

          To get to the Resurrection and the Ascension Our Lord suffered, died, and was buried. Our Lady was there throughout the Sacred Passion of her Divine Son, and her tears were no less copious than any mother's would be for their child.

          We have completed Labor Day, upon which the majority reflects that it is a day when the daily grind of work gives way to parties, picnics, and the like. We have watched the school year start in earnest, have seen the undue pressures and stress this causes upon children of all ages, the unspeakable costs of a private education which is now for the elite, rather than the common working people, and we've witnessed the sad but true decline of morality in our country from the Presidency, to the kids on campus, even in elementary school.

          In reflecting upon the upcoming feasts we will celebrate, I am inspired by the Holy Spirit to tell you that, on these days, as on all days, our entire being should turn to God. We should seek the intercession of His Holy Mother, who is our mother in the most sublime way, and seek to give to her our tears as well as our joys.

          We do this in the hope and trust that even in the time of trials, we are moving forward on the road to Heaven, that our feet will not become mired in our trials, but like true disciples of Jesus Christ, we will pick up our crosses daily for love of Him. We have only to look at Him, and we will know that He has suffered everything for us already, and is there to help us on our journey. We have only to look at the Blessed Mother to understand that she, too, has suffered more than all mothers, and by her suffering has fulfilled God's Will perfectly.

          That should be our goal, our only goal-to do God's Will perfectly, despite the moral climate of the world, despite the flux of the economy, the crisis within the church, within our schools and within the political arenas of the world. What does it benefit us if we spend our entire day being bombarded by the news, from the paper, to the radio, to the endless TV news programs? What good does it do our soul to play the stock market? What good does it do us to cave in to the moral decline, while we watch our children slide further along the road to perdition?

          What are we to do? In human terms, there is no easy solution. In terms of faith, the solution is very simple, and it forms the most beautiful melody upon earth. The simple solution is to live our faith-go to Holy Mass, receive the Sacrament of Penance regularly, go to Holy Communion as often as we can, and at all times to make our lives a living prayer to God. If we seek Him, then our Heart is safely within the Refuge of His Most Sacred Heart. If we are in this refuge, then the world can go its deadly, merry way and we will not be affected.

          Do we pray? Do we go to Holy Mass prepared, or distracted? Do we receive the Sacrament of Penance with a humble, obedient attitude, or is it just something we do because we feel obligated to do it.

          Our Lady's feasts are all intertwined. They are intertwined, as a symphony is intertwined by many melodies, with the life of her Divine Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To celebrate one is to respect and honor all of the feasts, even if we are unaware of the total picture.

          This coming week is a time for us to get into harmony with the angels and saints. We have to be in harmony with God's Will if our symphony is going to be perfected. God's graces are there, but we need to ask for them, and we do so with prayer from and with our heart. We turn to Him with trust and He responds with Loving Mercy. He gives to us His own Mother to guide, guard and protect our symphony of suffering, for she joins it to her own symphony of suffering, which is now perfected in the eternal embrace of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

          On the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, and on the Feast of the True Cross, let us remember that we are an intricate part of an intricate melody, whose strains are heard in Heaven. If we are to gain Heaven, then let us petition God, through the Cross of Jesus Christ, and the intercession of Mary Most Holy, to grant us the graces necessary to make beautiful music here on earth, so we may sing His praises forever in eternity.

Cyndi Cain


September 11-13, 1998       volume 9, no. 178
SYMPHONY OF SUFFERING

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