The beauty of pains

There is no doubt that man keeps eventing ways of making life easier, which is a great thing because, God directed man to conquer the earth. So, to talk about the beauty of pains sounds like the craziest thing ever, how could one ever think of such? Religious fanaticism you may call it. But again, can one ever erase pains completely? Pain, in whatever way you want to look at it. Even if you try to erase it, it gets back to you in different ways; it could be through your children, friends, relations and your loved ones. If they are hurting, sick or even dies, it affects you. So, there is something about pains we need to know.

I am certainly not a sadist, I don’t want pains in whatever form neither do I wish others same. But no matter how ugly pain may appear to be, there is something beautiful about it we must accept. At least it reminds us of our limitations and the need to look up to God for help. No matter how hard we try to conquer nature and re-create the world for our comfort, we cannot be greater than the author of life and all that is.

During the season of Lent especially, we willingly accept some bodily discomfort or pains to surpress our fleshly desires in other to be in touch with God in a special way. That is not to say we cannot get in touch with God in what you may call moments of joy and happiness, sure we can. But great joy and happiness can be derived from pains if you truly understand the beauty of pains. Pain is not always evil, there is something beautiful about it. That is the reason you find some people in pains, yet look so happy with faces full of smiles. “Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.” Pain can be so hurtful, but may not be suffering. However, it is not easy to say “it is ok not to be ok”. The painful part of pain cannot be ignored; pain hurts, but the joy of knowing the Lord and uniting our pains with His, becomes our strength.

Rev. Fr. Joel Okojie OSA

Joel Okojie is an ordained Catholic Priest in the Order of St. Augustine. He has been a Priest for over a decade. He served as pastor in two different parishes, he was one time Novice Master and a member of the Provincial Council of the province of St. Augustine of Nigeria, and he is currently on a mission in response to the needs of the Church in Canada.

6 comments on “The beauty of pains
  1. Fortunatus Ihedioha says:

    Thank you Fr. for this timely message. I have been trying to see you but it has not been possible. Too many works on your table calling for attention. It is well. Remain blessed Fr.

  2. Abutu john says:

    Many thanks Fr. For this insight.

  3. Ebere says:

    Well, as interesting as the article is, it’s a hard teaching. Pain is seen as a pulley that draws us to God… Great insight. Well done Fr!!

  4. Thanks a lot for the post.Really thank you! Much obliged.

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