suffering

… count more than words in helping a sick person. [F]aith in what? In the love of God. This is the true response that can radically defeat evil. As Jesus confronted the evil one with the force of love that came to him from the Father, so we too can confront and win out in […]

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… He [Jesus] never refuses a single person who comes to him with an honest request … he turns no one away … “I think the most astounding thing … and really it is an astounding thing … is the infidelity of us, his followers, to just that point … that the following of Christ […]

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… or love from suffering … because love is the self surrender of someone to another and this self surrender requires that we really die to ourselves in order to live in and through the other. The mystery of iniquity is the resistance to this. There is something in us that knows that that is […]

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Chris Bacich, US responsible of Communion & Liberation, describes two experiences that underline the importance that awe in front of the mystery of reality takes precedence over our own thoughts and schemes … The first is about the sudden death of young people. The second relates a conversation with don Giussani about an episode in the […]

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… not that God became a man … but that he became a baby. “We all know the strength of presence and love. At night in our homes, being alone makes us afraid. Having a loved one there ― any loved one ― gives us courage. In our families, being in the presence of love, […]

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“The Gospel is right, however, when it dares to speak to us of the value of suffering and affliction. We realize this as soon as we have the courage to face the concrete reality of our lives. They are a strange mixture of sorrow, pleasure and pain, success and suffering, life and death. When we […]

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1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.5. I wish that I had let myself […]

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The mystery of suffering seems to blur the face of God, making Him almost a stranger, or even identifying him as being responsible for human suffering, but the eyes of faith are able to look deeply into this mystery … [we best heal by] … accompanying, being close to and caring for sick brothers and […]

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The artist as a young woman turns her face toward the viewer and surprises us with her lively eyes, which make her appear to be responding to a call. Her right eye, different in color and without a pupil, suggests the words of M0digliani: “Because with one eye you see the world outside, and with […]

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Swetenham et al and Hegarty etal study the impact of refractory suffering on the interdisciplinary team. “Refractory suffering – that is, suffering that persists unrelieved despite all attempts by an interdisciplinary team to ameliorate it, is one of the most difficult and challenging aspects of palliative care practice. Its effects on clinicians have been documented. […]

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