Posts Tagged ‘Suffering’

When you meet suffering, bring light Comments 0

Monday, December 11th, 2017

In 2005 while undergoing chemotherapy, I was sitting in an uncomfortable recliner on the sixth floor of the medical facility. An IV dripped poison into my veins that would simultaneously cure me of the cancer in my body, and wreak havoc on it, sending waves of nausea, chills, malaise. The concoction did not discriminate between Read more

Suffering, faith and humanity: Pope speaks out Comments 0

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Suffering is an essential ingredient of our faith and humanity. One who doesn’t suffer with suffering brothers . . . must question himself on the sincerity of his faith and of his humanity, Pope Francis says. His comments were made in the context of the Rohingya minority, who are persecuted in Myanmar. Read more Related Read more

Good old St Ignatius Comments 0

Monday, December 4th, 2017
Blindness

A favourite millennium joke concerns a tableau staged in Heaven to celebrate 2000 years since the birth of Christ Jesus. As I remember it, it goes like this: It was a great celebration. The angels were in fine voice, and Jesus consented to be a baby again. He lay in Mary’s arms while Joseph sat Read more

Chiara Corbella’s husband on her possible canonization Comments 0

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

The cause of canonization for the Italian laywoman Chiara Corbella opened June 13, the fifth anniversary of her death. Here is a recent interview with her husband: When Enrico Petrillo and Chiara Corbella were expecting their son Francesco, Chiara was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer. Together, they decided to postpone treatment so Read more

About death and dying Comments 0

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

We can never truly understand another’s experience of dying, or understand what happens psychically, spiritually, physically and emotionally when a person is close to death. An incredibly subjective experience, we can only make guesses as to what being in that ‘twilight zone’ of hovering between life and death might actually be like. When I worked Read more

Man seeks restraiining order against God Comments 0

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

An Israeli man has petitioned the Haifa Magistrate’s Court for a restraining order against God, claiming the Almighty has been particularly unkind to him. The petitioner noted that he had tried to obtain the restraining order from police for the past three years but that police had merely sent a patrol car to his home Read more

The type of prayer that matters Comments 0

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Dad’s face was gaunt, with skin hugging his high cheekbones and gray stubble enveloping his chin and upper lip. His bony shoulders poked out from a baggy blue-plaid hospital gown, and his hands shook when he tried to raise them. Just a month ago, we had been celebrating my birthday at a hibachi restaurant, where Read more

On suffering, God and Stephen Fry Comments 0

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

British comedian, actor and writer Stephen Fry has a great intellect – no doubt. His intelligence, wit and extraordinary life were clearly displayed during an interview broadcast recently on the ABC’s Compass program. When asked what he would say to God if he happened to get to the pearly gates, Fry, a declared atheist, didn’t Read more

It’s OK to despair and swear at God Comments 0

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Job did. Jesus did, too. Sooner or later, we all do.Life pushes us to the brink and we’re left hanging over the cliff with one hand grasping a clump of grass and looking down at the abyss. Despair clutches our throat and what’s left of our heart cries out to a silent God. Our only Read more

End-of-life protocol to be abolished in UK Comments 0

Friday, July 19th, 2013

A controversial end-of-life protocol is to be abolished in Britain following an independent review that found numerous cases of abuse and suffering among dying patients. The report on the Liverpool Care Pathway echoed concerns raised by Catholic physicians and by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, who said doctors were being asked “to make a definitive Read more