From as spiritual and catholic perspective, suffering is a win-win conclusion, especially innocent suffering. The nature of redemptive suffering sensitizes our heart, mind, soul, and spirit to awaken the depth of our created nature for the purpose of what is to come, the Kingdom of Heaven. It helps to identify our longing and suffering as the mystical Body of Christ. St. Paul tells us in Philippians 3:7-12 the following:
“But whatever gains I had, these I have come to consider a loss. More than that, I even consider everything as a loss of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus, my Lord. For His sake I have accepted the loss of all things and I consider them so much rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having any righteousness of my own based on the law but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God, depending on faith to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings by being conformed to his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead. It is not that I have already taken hold of it or have already attained perfect maturity, but I continue my pursuit in hope that I may possess it, since I have indeed been taken possession of by Christ Jesus.”
As Catholics we share in the joys of life when we share in Our Lord’s joy; when we share in the pains and sufferings of this life, we then share in His pains and sufferings. Unlike other faiths, the Catholic view of suffering is not meaningless, but cleansing, therapeutic, and redemptive. Suffering helps to burn away the self-love and any action we may have committed because of sin. But what if suffering comes to us when we are in a state of grace and living a holy life? Is that suffering in vain? Not from the Catholic point of view. We believe not only in the Church on earth which is the Church Militant, but also the Church Suffering which is the Church in Purgatory, and the Church Triumphant
which is the Church in Heaven. It is these points in time where we can offer our sufferings for those in Purgatory. We, as believers, we are the family of those both in Purgatory and in Kingdom of God.
Thusly, we have a personal relationship with both entities because of Jesus the Christ who calls all of usto be brothers and sisters whether in heaven, on earth, or in purgatory.
Through the Eucharist, we partake in the Divine Nature of God where we can become aware of all
our brothers and sisters. In the Eucharist we are put into a position where we can all help one another through the presence and grace of God Almighty. It is in the Eucharist we come to grips with the reality that redemption is best affected in the relationship of belonging to a particular family we call Catholic.