To understand suffering is to understand our desire for Christ, to know we are only completed within Him. Someone may be sitting in the room with us, but we can tell if they want to be there or not or if they are uncomfortable. That is why the suffering is permitted. He also has an excellent one on Aquinas which ended on a similar theme. Can I prevent suffering is the most common question. A priest told us once in class that in most Christian theology there is only one evil, denial of being with God or the lost of salvation.
Suffering is one of those mysteries that when we reach a certain point the only answer is to fall silent. Suffering is one of those mysteries that when we reach a certain point the only answer is to fall silent. I would set out my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments; I would learn the words with which he would answer, and understand what he would reply to me. Our nature appears to be a river that does its best to flow uphill, away from suffering. That must, on the face of it, seem to be a plus, and certainly nothing negative - especially here and at Commonweal. God is Light, yet this full light is hidden in darkness John 1:5 so only the sincere seeker finds it. This all said, let me say here that we have at least two basic ways available to us by which we may freely respond to any unavoidable or adverse circumstance in our lives.
The mystic knows there is only one suffering and we all participate in it together: the eternal suffering love of God. As I said before, there often are no words. It is an agonized silence, but it is the silence of all of Creation as the God of the Universe dies for us. Rather, purpose and meaning are human creations, our glory and our tragedy. In so doing we believe Christ is in us and we meet Christ in those we embrace and are held in the mystery of his love. There is nothing in this life that has taught me more about human nature, myself, and the mystery of suffering than the Cross.
Interestingly, the majority of how we communicate comes from our body language and our eye contact. However, he soon returned to the Benedictines. In our desires to be happy, we seek not Christ, but those things of this Earth with which we attempt to fill the void in our being that was formed during the fall of Adam and Eve. The impulse of the Fallen human being is to flee from the Cross. This sounded rather boring to a little boy.
In fact, many of us know people who are divorced because of the illness of a spouse. Yet these are the ever-so-close masquerades and substitutes for authentic faith that characteize the four good friends of Job. Now I will do the talking, whatever may befall me. Job is not even an Israelite but, rather, a God-fearing pagan who seeks the truth and will not compromise on it. I knew you then only by hearsay; but now, having seen you with my own eyes, I retract all I have said.
Please pray also that I would seek to be in perfect union with Christ, both in His suffering on earth and His perfect love and joy in heaven. In fact even Jesus who was without sin suffered because he came to live in this sinful world among men. Christ suffered excruciatingly, and then died on the cross, to be resurrected. When we see the suffering of the innocent, it is hard to justify or find reason in it. Within these wounds, Christ not only restores, He makes new, He further perfects our heart, our minds, and our souls in preparation for our true home. We tell ourselves that our distance is for their own good and not to burden them, but this is a lie we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better.
But Job complains that in spite of all that God does, people only hear a bare whisper from him. Chesterton and to share that with her daughter and others. There are no words that can be offered in those moments that can truly bring comfort or peace. We try to dull the pain or ignore them all together. It may seem a small thing, for instance, to complain and fret when we are suffering, and yet it may sadly blur our witnessing.
Our values today have advanced and improved. He was born in Egypt when that nation was a British protectorate, and entered the Benedictine novitiate at age nineteen. This is not only something Apostles did in the distant past. E-mail me if you would like the Power Point Slides Ray NewLifeWithGod. In order to be present to those who are suffering whether it be illness, job loss, divorce, or any other pain that others carry, we have to learn to be quiet and simply be present.
Through our skin of vanity, through our bone of pride, and our blood of selfishness, we are wounded so Christ may enter us. Ronald Knox and Evelyn Waugh, and is the author of Holiness: A Guide for Beginners, Holiness for Housewives, and Spirit of Penance, Path to God. If your time for reading is limited, Pope Gregory wrote a commentary on Job which has stood the test of time pretty well. I know I never can write again. For those too young to remember J. Just as we would, Job finds this explanation hard to accept. He seeks truth more than the private religious experience of Eliphaz, the orthodoxy of Bildad or the conventional wisdom of Zophar.