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Suffering and Transfiguration: A Lenten Reflection

March 4, 2015 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Lent, Spiritual Direction, Suffering, Videos

Suffering and Transfiguration: A Lenten Reflection
JuliaMargaretCameronLongSufferingGoogleArtProject for post on suffering and transfiguration

Suffering and Transfiguration

Suffering and transfiguration:  Father Michael Najim provides a short video on suffering and transfiguration as a reflection for this second week of our Lenten journey. Suffering is a part of life and there are different types of suffering, including suffering because others suffer. Why does Jesus take His Apostles (Peter, James and John) up the mountain with Him?  Do the sufferings of this life define us?  If not, what does define us? Life does not end with suffering.  Topics covered include: penance, heaven, the glory of the Resurrection, Lent, being children of God, and the love of God.

 

Produced by the Office of Communications of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island. Used with permission.

Art: Long-suffering, Julia Margaret Cameron, 1865, PD-US published prior to January 1, 1923, Wikimedia Commons. Art for feature image: Detail from Transfiguration of Jesus, Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1800s, Restored Traditions, used with permission.

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About Fr. Michael Najim

Fr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Westerly, Rhode Island and has been the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters to Seminarians, published by the Institute for Priestly Formation. He also blogs at Fr. Michael Najim's Blog.

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  • Phillip (TheMasterBeadsman)

    In the Kontakion for the Feast of the Transfiguration in the Byzantine tradition we sing:

    On the mountain you were transfigured, O Christ our God,
    and your disciples saw as much of your glory as they could hold,
    so that when they should see you crucified
    they would know that you suffer willingly
    and would proclaim to the world that you are verily
    the Splendor of the Father.

    Absolutely one of my favorite Feast Days. Christ has conquered death by His death and Resurrection. Through Him, glory awaits us at the other side of our suffering.

  • SnowCherryBlossoms

    When I was younger before I understood “Catholic” and what this meant, I wandered away from the Church in search of God and Truth. I tested many things, tired many “faiths” but was always left empty because no one had the answer to suffering, they were all trying to ignore it or run from it and this just wasn’t possible. I found my self drawn more and more to Jesus on the cross not knowing why but I couldn’t get enough of seeing Him on the cross. It finally dawn on me that the only Church that understood the truth in pain and suffering to the depth I needed to understand this was the catholic Church. I thank God for this always. God not only spared me, He saved me and brought me home to Himself. To accept suffering, to carry our cross with Jesus is such freedom and joy (especially knowing it will one day end with Jesus in Heaven) Lent is such a gift for us to be able to unite our selves with the Passion and suffering of Jesus!

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