On Suffering

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Transmute the poor bread of my life into your life;

thrill the wine of my wasted life into your divine Spirit;

unite my broken heart with your Heart;

change my cross into a crucifix.

Let not my abandonment and my sorrow go to waste.

Gather up the fragments,

and as the drop of water is absorbed by the wine

at the Offertory of the Mass, let my life be absorbed in you.

Let my little cross be entwined with your great Cross

so that I may purchase the joys of everlasting happiness

in union with you.

— Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

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