Father Sergio and I had an interesting conversation yesterday about the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and that conversation then led me to a few interesting insights in meditation
Recall what I wrote about suffering: that our individual suffering is synonymous with the Suffering of Christ.
One thing I should make clear: the Suffering in Christianity, the "Mystical Suffering," as it were, isn't just about feeling physical pain or being in discomfort. There's a kind of underlying experience we might call "Existential Suffering" in Christianity, a Suffering with the Pathos of Christ, and, if I may be so bold, this Mystical Suffering is identical to what Sufis refer to as "Longing for God." Exactly the same thing; they've just been historically framed differently.
Mystical Suffering is a fundamental aspect of Christianity. You cannot escape it; it is the Path to God.
And here's where the Truth is revealed in the Mystical Suffering: while one suffers, one also feels joy and meaning. But the joy here is a subtle one; it's one that causes us to crave more of that very Mystical Suffering! There's a deep alchemy going on here in which the Shadow side of things (the painful aspect) is combined with the Light of the joy and meaning and absolute connection with God.
All of this is encompassed in the imagery of the Suffering of Christ, and especially in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Because again, this Mystical Suffering in us is synonymous with the Mystical Suffering of Christ.
Perhaps I've said too much, but what I've said is Truth, as best as I can explain it.