Eileen’s thoughts on pain

“Think not of the sorrow or the pain, but of all you can do by them: Do not be afraid, love and trust, working through the cross.”


“When you are tired, and feel you must fail, look to the suffering of others, or their trust, and bring to mind His love, His pain, all He has done, will do, and is doing for souls, for you, and like Our Lady you will stand at the foot of the cross and your thoughts will be of Him, His love, His sufferings.”


Eileen O’Connor, co-founder of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor.


Reflection (1 Peter 3:13–17): Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? But even if you should suffer for doing what is right, how happy you are! Do not be afraid of anyone, and do not worry. But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honour Him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, but do it with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will be ashamed of what they say. For it is better to suffer for doing good if this should be God’s will, than for doing evil.


Prayer: Some to us, and bless all dear to us. Bless us with your love and your coming. Amen.


Come walk with me: Thoughts and prayers by Eileen O’Connor.