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Suffering for Others

Monday, 14 March 2005 12:00 AM

Pope John Paul II - perhaps the greatest man alive today - went home yesterday from the hospital after two bouts with the flu and clear deterioration from Parkinson's disease.

The pope has a new book coming out detailing his views on several subjects, including his first-ever description of the day he was shot in 1981. He says he basically died in the car that day in Rome on the way to the hospital - but he never lost consciousness. He felt a tremendous force overtake him and he

This pope for years has talked and written about the necessity of ‘suffering' - and how he views his own physical suffering as his way of serving others, just the way Christ's suffering was for all of us.

This is a good time to think of others and their suffering - and to pray for them. Among those I pray for on a regular basis, besides my own family members:

All of the above are

Living for yourself isn't worth it, but living for others makes life worthwhile.

Thirty years ago, when he was World Heavyweight Champ, Muhammad Ali was asked about all the money he gave to others and the causes he fought for. He said something that applies to us all: "Doing good is the rent I pay for living here on Earth."

How true this is!

This country has more heart than any other. Just look at the generosity after the Asian tsunami. Over one-third of American households donated to a tsunami-related charity.

But we also have too much self-centeredness and selfishness. We have too much greed. Just look at Enron and the other corporate scandals, and the looting of charities like the United Way a few years ago.

We need more balance in our lives - and more thinking of the suffering of others.

When we suffer - and we all do - make that suffering for a cause that helps others. Suffer to make someone's life better, not just to feather your own nest.

Those who think they can avoid suffering will, in the end, suffer more than most others because they are missing the basic lesson of Christ: God is in each of us and He wants us to live a certain way. He sent Jesus to Earth to teach man how to live after man had clearly demonstrated a total failure to live properly.

These lessons, detailed throughout Christ's too-short life, are God's manual on how to live life the proper way.

In this Easter season, it would behoove us all to relearn those lessons and try to apply them to our lives.

When you do, your life will improve.

And remember, a big part of life is suffering. So make that suffering for others.

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