Four Kinds of Suffering

by Brian Coatney

“There are the four kinds of suffering. The first two are the wages of the lost sinner and the lie of wretchedness experienced by the Christian who is trying independently to live the life only Christ is. We do not have to continue in those. The last two kinds of suffering are temptations/trials, which we are to count joy and use to practice faith seeing God at work, and the last kind of suffering is voluntary, intercessory suffering to set other captives free” (Brian Coatney).

The Sacrament of the Present Moment

Jean-Pierre De Caussade (1675-1751), was a French Jesuit.
He is well-known for his book Abandonment to Divine Providence in which he coined the term “the sacrament of the present moment.” Caussade’s key theme is: “If we have abandoned ourselves to God, there is only one rule for us: the duty of the present moment.” We must live from minute to minute. The past is past, the future – though a living hope – is yet to be. “The Sacrament of the Present Moment” verder lezen