Sharing in Sufferings

by Scott D. Hendricks

For whatever he has suffered we too have suffered with him and what we suffer he too suffers with us. If the head suffers in any way, how can the hand assert that it does not suffer? If the hand suffers, how can the head say that it does not suffer? If the foot feels something, how can the head say that it does not feel it too? . . . Whatever his Church suffers by way of this life’s tribulations, temptations, constrictions and deprivations (for we must be schooled to be purified like gold in the fire), this he also suffers.

~ St. Augustine of Hippo

Christopher A. Hall, Learning Theology with the Church Fathers ( Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 189.