Contentment in suffering? Seriously?

None of the brothers is to occupy a cell other than that allotted to him, or to exchange cells with another, without leave of whoever is Prior at the time.

– Rule of St. Albert, No. 8

It is difficult to find a person who is happy with what he has, especially when what he has entails suffering and impending doom. And so much more a young person who possess all the world’s possibilities.

Santos Franco Sanchez was everything that every parent would ask for in a child. He was normal in all respects.

He plays with other children, he can be naughty at times, and he complains especially when he believes that an errand is fit for a girl.

But what sets him apart from other children was his maturity which extended to his spiritual life.

At 11, he was beset with a sickness that would eventually claim his life in less than a year. Despite the pain and suffering that he experienced from his sickness, he welcomed it as God’s will in his life. The child that he was, he complained, “My God, take me to heaven, I’m too small to suffer so much.”

But he also accepted saying, “However, your will be done. Everything just as you will it.” And much more, which sets him apart from other children his age, he offered his sufferings to God: “I offer it (sufferings) to you for sinners, for the missions.”

He was more than content with his sufferings, he welcomed it as God’s gift, God’s will for him.

In the middle of difficulties and sufferings, are we able to find contentment with what God has allotted for us, or do we hope to find something more comfortable and pleasurable?

Matthew 26:39-42
And going a little farther, he threw himself on the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet not what I want but what you want.” Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Again he went away for the second time and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”

Lord, allow me to see the good in all things that I encounter in my life. Create in me a humble heart that would welcome both happiness and suffering, both the good and the bad. And teach me, Lord, to see the goodness in all things. Amen.