Original sin brought about suffering. God does not will me to suffer, but He permits it. He permits it so that I can unite my sufferings to Christ in His passion and death. Jesus suffered for me, but He also suffers with me. He can use my sufferings as reparation for my sin or the sins of others who have hurt Him. Uniting my sufferings to those of Our Lord helps to relieve His suffering. I can also relieve His suffering by acts of virtue and penance.
This Lent may I relieve the sufferings of of Christ by my extra acts of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving and come to a deeper relationship with Him.