TO TAKE ON THE SUFFERING OF THE UNIVERSE
St. Francis of Assisi suffered such excruciating headaches that he had to dash his head against stone, although others would be healed by the touch of his hand.
Jesus Christ suffered the tortures of crucifixion to take on the suffering of the universe. Being simultaneously the Father and Son, His own infinite bliss was not interrupted by the cross nor did this status intervene in the bodily agony which He suffered as an ordinary human being.
The sublime difference in individual suffering lies in the fact that an ordinary man suffers for himself, Masters suffer for humanity, and the Avatar suffers for one and all beings and things.
LIFE AT ITS BEST, pp. 70-71
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