Do You "offer It Up?"
Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:06 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:49 PM
Posted 30 April 2012 - 10:59 PM
When I "offer it up," I usually mention a specific vocation intention.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 08:51 AM
That was what my Mom did, too. I think this may be why I have a really hard time understanding HOW to offer it up.
I tell my kids to offer it up... a lot... But I'm usually using that in place of telling them to suc.k it up... which is not the same at all.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:36 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:43 PM
Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:57 PM
I never heard of "offering it up" until I was grown up. My catholic mother was told it too much by her catholic mother, so I think she thought of it as "smell of elderberries it up" too! (haha, btw.)
I've started doing it. Badly, yes. But for me I don't really get the concept of God using my suffering as some sort of coin to buy some souls out of purgatory or anything. I guess what I do is say "Jesus, I unite this suffering with your suffering, and my neighbor's suffering." Sometimes for a specific intention, sometimes not. I'm new to it.
Posted 01 May 2012 - 02:07 PM
I have begun to do this more and more. At first I didn't really understand how to offer things up either. I started to see when I was walking beside a severely ill friend who suffers from tremendous physical pain. She wasn't complaining about her pain, but I could see that every step was agony, and I could hear her hips clicking in a way that made me very squeamish. All of a sudden I was flooded with a sense of compassion, and a spontaneous prayer rose: "Lord, I wish I could bear this for her." Since then, whenever I have been in pain or facing difficulties, I ask God to let the experience carve out greater space in me to receive the hurts of others, and to welcome them in their need.
- Archaeology cat gave this props
Posted 01 May 2012 - 03:22 PM
i guess i've wasted my whole life!