Your companion in tribulation part 2
Good day to you St. Louisans. Have we had enough of the heat? Are we ready for at least a brief cool down and perhaps some rain to boot? Absolutely!
In “Your companion in tribulation part 1,” we compared the prosperity theology of Concordia Lutheran Seminary here in St. Louis with two of the seven churches our Lord has the Apostle John write letters to; those being the church at Smyrna and the church at Laodicea. Our Lord’s words to both churches created quite a juxtaposition; that is, they represented the spiritual extremes of bad and good, Smyrna the good, Laodicea the bad. Our Lord had praise for the church of Smyrna because of their poverty and suffering and rebuke for the church of Laodicea because of their trust in uncertain riches.
In keeping with our scrutiny of doctrines of area seminaries, and area evangelicals, today we will pay a brief visit to the Catholic Archdiocese of St. Louis; such being the governing body that scrutinizes Catholic thought in its seminary here, as well as its churches and schools. And like our previous article on tribulation in this series we will create somewhat of a juxtaposition between Catholics and their Protestant brethren, the issue of course being the universal calling of all Christians everywhere to embrace suffering (tribulation) as a foundational doctrine badly needed in all Christian denominations, a doctrine no longer pushed back into the shadows of pass times, but uplifted in the face of those dark things coming on our world.
First of all we applaud Catholics for their willingness to recognize suffering as a blessing in light of the many Laodicea type Christian denominations of the day. Now we could spend the rest of this year doing exposition after exposition of each New Testament scripture that uplifts tribulation in our life as a blessed event if need be, but in this short examination we are going to focus on the tribulation women endure during child birth, its spiritual value for them, and its statement to us about the value of suffering. First we will give the scripture that uplifts women in child birth, and then we will submit a portrait of Christ’s love for us shown in the life of one sainted Catholic woman.
Bible Source Online Reference: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/k/kjv/kjv-idx?restrict=All&format=Long&type=simple&q1=saved&q2=&q3=&amt=100&size=more(Our thanks to the University of Michigan for this valuable tool for study and research).1Tim.2
 Notwithstanding she shall besaved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
As with our previous article on tribulation, we point out what a powerful witness our willingness to endure tribulation says to the Lord our God. It says that we love Him enough to keep His words and suffer with Him.
Archdiocese of St. Louis sermon by Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, “Be Not Afraid!” Publication date: 01/19/07, page 2, paragraph 2.
“At the end of her life, Saint Gianna offered her life in death, in order to save the life of the infant in her womb. When she was urged to save her life by a surgical procedure which would have destroyed her unborn child, she responded that nothing could justify taking the life of the child. At the same time, she embraced the suffering of her approaching death with serenity, seeing her suffering as a true share in Christ’s Passion and Death.”
Saint Gianna embodied that Christ living within us love heart we all must seek through the Holy Spirit Christ has given us. We need to become tribulation minded, Jesus Christ suffering love heart within us examples of our Lord of Lord, King of Kings, Lord God Almighty Love Dad that gave Himself for us. Such is His way.
Jesus is our way, our truth, and our life. We embrace such thoughts always, but many times without knowledge of what those words mean. However, if we truly consider their intent we will acknowledge that our way is one of selfless giving, as so often has been said in the past, we must take up our cross. Jesus gave himself for us, and quite specifically told His disciples what such an act meant.
 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought tolay down our lives for the brethren.
End part 2