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No Simple Answers for Those Who Suffer

"When my husband recently challenged someone who said that our son's pain happened 'for a reason,' she told him that he had to keep a positive attitude. But I don't think that believing his pain is part of a plan—of God, as this person believes, or of fate—is positive. It is fatalistic. It means that it has appeared for a reason and it will go away for a reason, and there is little that can be done about it. It makes the person in pain a victim who can only suffer, like Job, who could do nothing to escape his fate." [Read Article]
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Lorenzo Albacete on the Mystery of Suffering

"The cruelest response to suffering is the attempt to explain it away, to tell the one who suffers: 'This is why this is happening.'  ... Mystery's answer to suffering is always grace—a free grace that comes to us without conditions, without rationalizations, without explanations. Suffering can be relieved by the co-sufferer only when the co-sufferer can bring the suffering person into contact with grace and into the experience of being loved..." [Read Article]
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When This Doctor Sees God in His Patients

"Religion and medicine can make for awkward bedfellows. While many religions are based on an almighty force that is unseen, thus requiring a core belief in its existence, from the first day of medical school future doctors are taught that abnormalities, or diseases, are confirmed only when they are felt, visualized or heard. I can’t say the same about God... [But] when I am with people who are at such peace despite the enormous travails they have withstood... I feel as though I am actually seeing God. With my own two eyes." [Read Article]
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4 Ways Christians Can Respond to the Oregon Shootings

"We are not wrong when we ask why God might allow tragedies to happen, but we must find faith in the one who holds it all in his hands... This is cloudy and difficult for us, as it should be—we should never be comfortable with the ever present reality of evil and its fruit. But we must remember who has ultimate authority. God is always at work in the darkness. His sometimes silence should not be interpreted as apathy or disinterest." [Read Article]
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Death With Real Dignity: The Case Against Assisted Suicide

"[Assisted suicide] is the wrong message to send the millions fighting with great dignity against terminal diseases. It’s like telling the depressed stranger on the ledge to go ahead and jump... On behalf of people who are facing terminal illness, severe depression, or any acute suffering: Act with true compassion. Get involved in their lives. Be present in their suffering. Pray for their healing. Let the reality of death change your life. And rest assured that defending life is not merciless or judgmental—and that to endorse assisted suicide is simply to give up hope." [Read Article]