September 22, 2019

Tag - Suffering

An Open Letter To Seekers

I am writing this letter on another anniversary of the events of 9/11. That was a day in which we saw great evil followed by acts of love, faith and charity. It occurred to me this morning how much, in a world of faith, evil can abide. The recent...

Losing Our Lives For Him

I would like to help all of us recapture some of the relevance and the full impact of the Gospel. This is needed because, once again, we just heard two among its craziest, most outlandish affirmations and we did not even blink; we took them in with...

The Greatest Movie Ever Made

The Venerable Fulton J. Sheen used to say that before every Easter there has to be a Good Friday. No Easter season has ever underscored the absolute veracity of this adage for me than the last one. I have a very dear friend who seems to have had a...

A Most Perfecting Love

Once there was a six-year-old girl named Molly who was suffering from terminal cancer; she had only a short time left to live, and the disease had been very hard on her. She was hooked up to tubes and machines, and most of her beautiful blond hair...

Suffering For The Sake Of His Body

Always there is a connection between the first readings and the gospel accounts that the Church presents to us in the major celebrations of the Church’s liturgical year. Such is the case we find in the scripture passages (Jeremiah 20:7-9; Romans...

Surmounting Suffering

This is the story of two men who knew great suffering.  What happened to them is worthy of exploration. The first man passionately loved his wife.  She was warm and charming and intellectually gifted.  When she became pregnant, their joy could...

Sharing In Our Darkest Valleys

When we find ourselves in darkness, spiritual and emotional darkness, what do we do? How do we respond? Some of us respond with fatalistic resignation, others of us with anger, and some in a despair that has led them into alcoholism or medicine...

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