C.S. Lewis’s insights into the nature of pain and joy are the same as what I have discovered to be true, only he says it so much better!
I have written about the Catholic tendency to focus on suffering, labelling this faulty spirituality as the ‘False Martyr Complex“. It is a matter of Christians ” Playing the Scapegoat” and “Stealing Christ’s Job” ; even though our bodies might be in pain or we might be enduring emotional pain or difficult circumstances we still can live in joy in our deepest core, in our spirits.
The truth is that
Christ’s love surrounds us yet also dwells within us.
Nothing can separate our deepest self from His love and joy
He carried all the burden of everyone’s physical and psychological pain
when He died to heal us and save us.
Christ is the only scapegoat.
Our suffering is not redemptive in and of itself because it does not save us or anyone else.
Christ is the only Saviour.
Our suffering is redemptive only when it is united to Christ
From C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
I think we all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to ‘rejoice’ as much as by anything else.
after the first shock,
is a cheerful virtue.