Saint Angela of Foligno reflects on the interior suffering of Christ:
Member of the Third Order of St. Francis (1248-1309).
In 1983, John Paul II used her writings as meditations during the Via Crucis in the Colosseum on Good Friday; in 1993, he called her "teacher of theologians" during a homily. In 2010, Pope Benedict devoted a general audience to her and referred to her as a saint. She was canonized by Pope Francis in October, 2013. 

Extreme suffering accompanied the soul of Christ; for his holy soul, united with his body to his divinity, was filled with highest wisdom. He became, all in an instant, both a pilgrim on life's way, and one who comprehended what that way entailed. Already in the womb of his mother, his holy soul began to feel the most extreme suffering as perfect reparation to God, and this not for his own faults but for the faults of humanity. For Christ saw, felt, knew, and understood, together and separately, all the torments and each one in detail which he would have to endure, soul and body, with deep-felt pain.

The holy soul of Christ knew beforehand each of the knife-like tongues, that is, each of the sharp words which would cut him up in the future. Christ knew when, how, by whom, and where he would be attacked. He knew and saw how he, as man, was to be betrayed, sold, arrested, abandoned, renounced, bound, derided, beaten, whipped, judged, condemned as a thief, led to a cross, stripped, crucified, put to death, blasphemed, pierced by a lance which opened a wound in his holy side. He also knew beforehand all the hammer blows and all the nail wounds. His holy soul knew in itself and had before itself all the sufferings, the groans, the wailing, and the pain-filled lamentations of his Mother. It is thus the whole life of Christ was accompanied by continual sufferings.

How will the unhappy soul , which only wishes to receive consolations in this world go to him, who is the way of suffering? In truth, the soul perfectly enamored of Christ, its beloved, would not wish to have any other bed or state in this world than the one he had. I believe that even Mary, watching her beloved Son lamenting and dying on the cross, did not ask of him then to experience sweetness but rather suffering. It is in a soul the sign of very weak love to want from Christ, the Beloved, anything in this world but suffering. It should certainly be possible for the soul to understand that a good master is more pleased by the services of a poor servant who serves him faithfully out of love, without pay or benefits, than the services of someone rich, who receives good wages everyday and serves in the hope of receiving special benefits. Similarly, if a soul, fattened on the great sweetness of its experience and taste of God, runs lovingly toward him, it does not have as much merit as the one who runs to God and serves him with an equal and similar love, but without consolation and in a state of continual suffering.


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