If you suffer with Him, you will reign with Him. Weeping with Him, you will rejoice with Him; dying on the cross of tribulation with Him, you will possess heavenly mansions with Him among the splendor of the saints and in the Book of Life your name will be called glorious among the peoples.

St. Clare of Assisi, “The Second Letter to Agnes of Prague”, 49

Scripture of the day: Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Lenten action for the day: Christ did not avoid suffering.  We, on the other hand, avoid it at all costs.  Suffering, for us, is part of a growth process that makes us into the kind of person who is prepared to spend eternity in the presence of God.  Today, tackle a task you have been putting off because of fear, dread, or the possibility of suffering.  Unite any suffering you experience with Christ’s own suffering, and consider it a part of the process of being redeemed.