I can not compare these with the pain I felt in the absence of comments or of some other selfish motives, since it was a hurt to my Ego, it had no sacrificial value of suffering. But it is true that when I suffer out of love for my God then it has a redemptive value for the entire humanity. Yes it is really painful to remain unanswered to our dear ones, especially when we feel that they need us badly. Does it have any sacrificial value? If it is to defend my selfishness, then absolutely not but on the contrary if it is out of love for God, yes… it has a greater meaning and fruitfulness. And how many times we have experienced it, the heart breaking silence from our dear ones: husband, wife, papa, mummy, brothers, sisters and friends! And in some moments amidst their blabbering and rude criticisms we feel silence and loneliness. It is the true suffering through which we participate in his continuing redemptive action in this world.
Oh suffering Lord, in this Lenten season help us to avoid the danger of confirming our will as yours. Rather, give us the grace to discern your true will… teach us to practice your silence… to attract everybody to you through it… to retreat ourselves from this worldly noises… to say 'no' to the many things that hide us from your suffering face. Help us become a true part of your suffering mystical body.