Brian Fulthorp who writes an excellent blog at http://sunestauromai.wordpress.com/, has posted on the sacrament of pain. It’s well worth your time to wander over and have a read of it. I thought it worthwhile also repeating the comment I made here as well.
There are many levels of pain within the framework of human existence. There is the pain of failure, death, injury, sickness, rejection, loss and even life itself.
Much of society is geared to escaping, ignoring or sedating that pain.On a personal level: I don’t believe that God wants to keep us bound in that pain, rather wants to use that experience to show us more of his grace and mercy in moving through that pain.
And I speak as one who has experienced great pain.
Ultimately the sacrament of pain was completed on the cross. For he who endured the pain of the cross was set free from the pain of sin and death. And this too is our very great and precious promise.