A Roman Catholic trying to live as holy a life in Our Nation's Capital as the decadent culture and his own snark will permit.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Offer it up
A priest mentioned to me recently a couple of important things about the theology of "offering it up," something that many people in my situation do.
"Offering it up" doesn't make "it" go away.
"Offering it up" doesn't make "it" not painful.
It is the most natural thing in the world to think these things, but they are incompatible with why one "offers it up." The point of offering it up is to transvalue or sanctify suffering by joining our sufferings to the Cross. Our Lord accepted the Cross, not chucked it aside, i.e., made it go away. And He didn't accept the pain because it was something he was impervious to, like a deaf man standing in front of a bullhorn.
The point of offering up suffering is to transcend it, not end it.