Tag Archive | suffering

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 […]

The Only Thing That Makes the Church Endurable

Of course it’s easy to say all of this in a general way, but very difficult to experience it in the vivid and personal ways in which Catholics’ sin and failure come. In Scripture, the Church is likened to Noah’s Ark (see 1 Pet. 3:21-22). And so it has often been said, if it weren’t […]

Suffering Redeemed in Music and in Jesus

But it is not enough that a rock musician becomes suffering. He could scream out of his window and achieve the same effect. It must be redemptive. Suffering sung is suffering that has been separated from the singer’s life and given a new life as an object apart from him and the turmoil with which he […]

Cast Off All Things and Use the Cross

The road is narrow. He who wishes to travel it more easily must cast off all things and use the cross as his cane. In other words, he must be truly resolved to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things. —St. John of the Cross —I came across this quote in the […]

A Special Greeting from God to You

A few minutes later, still inside my locked room, I experienced one of my most honest and deepest conversations with God. I recalled the events of the accident, the trauma of past incidents, the pain I experienced and verbally cried out to God. “Why have you done this to me? Why have you given me […]

Death and Dignity

Dignity is when you surround the suffering person with the love and care that reminds them that no matter how badly their body is functioning, they have not lost their value, and they have not lost our attention and they have not lost our love. Nor have they lost their place in society. That’s where […]