Cardinal: Suffering People Have Something to Offer

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 21, 2008 ( Everyone who has something to suffer has something to offer, says the prefect of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.

Cardinal Francis Arinze spoke with Vatican Radio today about the lessons of Good Friday.

"Everyone of us has something to suffer, even those who look very rich and favored," the cardinal said.

"But," he affirmed, "suffering has meaning in our salvation. If we look at the cross, who is on the cross? Christ himself, the most innocent. Who is standing at the foot of the cross? His Blessed Mother. It means, then, that there must be meaning in suffering."

Cardinal Arinze asserted that "whoever has something to suffer has something to offer."

"But we must offer it with Christ, in Christ and through Christ," he stated. "St. Augustine has told us, God made you without your cooperation but he will not save you without your cooperation."