Crosses and Suffering

Suffering, Death, and Liberation Into a World

The Christian way is to enter into suffering and death with Christ. We see that He did not dismiss our suffering with contempt, but took it to Himself, embraced it, and fathomed the depths of desolation upon the cross…. He has broken the bonds of sin and death—death, not just the cessation of physical powers, […]

Romans 8:28 and Faith and Hope and Understanding

The blocked quotes below are from the book How to Be Holy by Peter Kreeft. As Leon Bloy often said, “Life, in the end, has only one tragedy: not to have been a saint.” —Ch. 1: Ten Reasons to Read This Book Romans 8: 28 We know that all things work together for good for […]

3 Quotes About Sacrifice and Love

I came across all three quotes below in the Opening the Word study program for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A on Formed. “Direct your thoughts to… bearing the crosses, little or great, that you will find there. Believe me, this is the most important and least understood point to the spiritual life.” […]

On Suffering in Two Music Videos

—from the online article Considering nullity and Francis in a Katy Perry World by Edward Mulholland This Sunday I will give the opening talk at an academic camp for high schoolers, called “Cathedral,” at Benedictine College. My opening talk presents two videos made around the same year in California: “Firework” by Katy Perry and “Light […]

If God himself has to suffer…

My pal Dave has an entirely different approach to the whole suffering thing. For him, the question is not “Why does God allow me to suffer?” Rather, it’s “If God himself has to suffer, what makes me think I’m so special as to get a pass? We are, after all, talking about the worship of […]

Why?!?!

From CatholicMemes:

Two Philosophies of Life

Actually, there are only two philosophies of life: one is first the feast, then the headache; the other is first the fast and then the feast. Deferred joys purchased by sacrifice are always sweetest and most enduring. + Christianity, unlike any other religion in the world, begins with catastrophe and defeat. Sunshine religions and psychological […]