One problem the Roman Catholic Church has today, I think, is that it's weighted down with a great deal of scholarship. Another mission of suffering is for the honor of God. It is about the person we are being present to. Job is a beautiful antidote to the garbage in Proverbs, but I think that if you try to force Job into having a satisfactory lesson to pass on, then you run the risk of shutting down its wonderful contribution to the Bible, which is a refusal to be easily satisfied. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. John, as well as St. The key here is less looking to God as some answer or answerer and more seeing what counts is a leap of trusting faith in the presence of God, even if he remains hidden in a cloud of our unknowing.
The old question, why the godly suffer and the wicked escape suffering—is to many a perplexing question. Interestingly, they keep talking about God but only Job wants talk to God. God's answer is that Job has it right; sometimes it does appear that Evil is winning and when it does, you should say so. He has a 45 minute lecture on the book of Job and the message it contains. The exterior dimensions of evil, hunger, aloneness, war, pains of the body, only give us some glimpse into what is occurring within the person. Because of your response, all humans now have a shining example of how to bear inevitable, undeserved suffering. The implication is that Job overhears Him saying it.
The name and the story cry out against a darkness that refuses to reveal itself—and a path that does not, at first, feel like life at all. A Christian in a sick room, is called to manifest the beauty of His Master in patience, in trust, in sweetness of spirit. If your time for reading is limited, Pope Gregory wrote a commentary on Job which has stood the test of time pretty well. That love radiates forth in our person, which means very little needs to be said. If surrender to God generally characterises our attitude to life, then trusting God in times of suffering will be easier, as it was for Jesus.
I am proud of you. . Do they really need me to visit them in the hospital or at home? They are usually quiet people, not much heard of on the streets. This is deeply disconcerting and humbling at the same time. Interestingly, the majority of how we communicate comes from our body language and our eye contact. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and then he will curse you to your face. In Genesis we find that suffering follows sin as surely as night follows day.
However, he soon returned to the Benedictines. What you conceive, you can perform. We all suffer at some time, in some way. It is an agonized silence, but it is the silence of all of Creation as the God of the Universe dies for us. Because we are all sinners we are all going to suffer. Job is wrestling with the mystery of evil and suffering.
Joy is a state of being; a peace in Christ that is beyond human emotion. Again Saint Peter: For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. In order to do this however we must rely fully on the love of Christ and the peace that love gives to us. Those who bring their suffering into union with the suffering of Christ are on the path to perfection. Will I say something stupid? All one can do is walk with the other and help others rightly to hear themselves, to be there, to understand. Beloved, to put it plainly; suffering if triumphantly accepted slays the self-life in that it delivers us from self-centeredness and it frees us to truly love God and others as we ought to.
Modern readers, however, feel sympathy and empathy for their suffering. Since we are verbal creatures, we rely primarily on language in order to communicate. There are no words that can be offered in those moments that can truly bring comfort or peace. But in an age in which prolonged schooling has become perhaps the highest marker of social standing - and, thus, of individual worth - joining with that common attitude and insisting that the best Catholic is the one who's studied and learned and memorized most is, I think, more than a little Pharisaical. Mary Magdalene, as well as others, were able to endure the Passion of Our Lord is because of how much they loved. All other problems humans encounter are imperceptibly small compared to that.
When we have studied and prayed our way through The Book of Job we are much more prepared to understand the passion of Jesus. A world of disease and sickness of not only the physical world, our body and environment, but also of the spiritual, our souls. When he finally appears to Job, does he tell him the truth? Miller, 1905 The why of suffering, has ever been among the most serious problems of life. We all flee from the Cross in one way or another, which is why our lives are a conversion process. Those who think as I do would say that the existence of senseless evil and suffering show that the supposed properties of God—omnipotence, omniscience, and perfect goodness—cannot exist without contradiction. This, of course, is part of the limited free will which we have all been granted by our Father. I don't think it's history either, but the stories we are willing to accept about God say a lot about us.