Mitigation: The Gift of the Technology of Applying Love to Suffering
The most Holy Trinity dispatched the Son of God on a two-part mission. Here are the mission's instructions: Transport from heaven to earth the technology of applying love to suffering and Demonstrate that the technology works by using it yourself as you hang from a Cross. Why? Because love kicks sufferings ass. Love is suffering's invincible foe. As we pass through the valley of tears, the struggle that matters is the struggle between love and suffering. Suffering is persistently trying to empty our hearts of love. When we resist - when we cling to love, hold tight and refuse to let go, we are victorious. Only when we let suffering empty our hearts of love are we defeated. Clinging to love, holding tight and refusing to let go mitigates the friction we experience during our passage through the valley of tears. Love greases the wheels. With love, we can pick up our crosses and carry them. Without love, our crosses crush us under their weight. With love, we maintain the resemblance we bear to God (Genesis 1:27). Without love, suffering transmogrifies us into the most hideous and miserable of loveless beasts. We resist suffering by loving our way through it. Jesus refused to let suffering extinguish the bonfire of love that burns for us in his most sacred heart or reduce it by even the slightest degree. The hope of the most Holy Trinity was that a successful demonstration of the technology by none other than the Son of God himself would inspire us to use the technology ourselves as we pass through the valley of tears. He hung from his Cross to teach us how to hang from ours. For your own sake, follow him. Resist suffering with love. The only way to unite your suffering with the suffering of Jesus is to resist suffering with love.
Our suffering is magnified when we try to pick up and carry our crosses without love. Love is our dearest companion in times of suffering. When love is our companion as we pass through suffering, we endure. When we try to pass through suffering without love, we perish. In short, love kicks suffering's ass. In the valley of tears, we get opportunity after opportunity to put the technology of applying love to suffering into practice. Practice makes us perfect.