Paul's letter to the Colossians: "Now I rejoice in my suffering for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of His body, that is, the Church...." "I suffer all of this for the sake of the Church," said the Pope. I think the great tragedy of the world is the suffering that goes to waste.People suffer and they have no one whom they can love to suffer for. Our Lord, in instituting the Sacrament of Penance, made it clear that there is a difference between forgiveness and the undoing of the past.Suffering, more than anything else, makes present in the history of humanity the force of the Redemption. For two reasons: 1) to repair for our own offences against Him, 2) by virtue of the Communion of the Saints, we can also make satisfaction or reparation for the sins of others.However, we first need to see ourselves as we really are so we can properly intercede for the souls of others. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.2412, n.2487, n.2454, n.That infinite merit of Christ's Passion and Sacrifice on Calvary enables us to add our daily prayers, labors, trials, and sufferings to those of our Lord.Thus, we become actually co-redeemers with Christ, sharing in His suffering.For instance, a boy who breaks a window playing ball often volunteers, "I'll pay for it." Forgiveness alone does not wipe out the offence.
Moreover, not only is the term unusual but also is its theology.Paul was teaching the Colossians about our cooperation in Christ's sufferings. Thomas Aquinas, we need to cooperate (subjective redemption) by patiently bearing the trials God sends us, so as to become like our head, Christ." This is called 'reparation.' It is a theological doctrine of the Catholic Church.The following is part of what the Church calls the 'paschal mystery.' Christ's perfect Sacrifice was accomplished when He said, "It is finished." The objective redemption is a 'fait accompli.'. Reparation is the foundation of many confraternities and pious associations - to make reparation for our sins and for the sins of mankind.Because the past is with him in the form of remorse or guilt, because the future is with him in his anxiety, it follows that the only way man can escape either burden is by reparation - the making up for the wrong done in the past - and by a firm resolution to avoid such sin in the future. Disposing of the past is the first step to take, and in taking it, the important distinction between forgiveness and reparation for sin should be remembered.Some who have done wrong mistakenly think that they should only forget it, now that it is past and 'done with.' Others believe, falsely, that once a wrong deed has been forgiven, nothing further needs to be done.In a culture where sin is no longer considered sin, why should anyone make reparation?