On the subject of suffering in Roman Catholic teachings, Father Francis J. Clear
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On the subject of suffering in Roman Catholic teachings, Father Francis J. Cleary writes (pp.290-291):
“Suffering, by contrast, is both real and evil, in itself the opposite of fulfilled living. And yet, God remains in charge of his creation. He doesn’t directly cause suffering, which in a mysterious way results from resistance to his loving purpose. But like a loving parent, teacher or friend, he allows suffering to exist for its unique potential of furthering human growth. Suffering remains a mystery. People do suffer undeservedly, but the Bible, especially in the example and teaching of Jesus, shows how to move forward positively in the face of such suffering.”
He goes on to argue that suffering can serve as a “unique means of growth towards full humanity,” and that it can lead to “healing and personal growth” to believers in Christ.
How does this Roman Catholic view of suffering compare with that of your own specific faith tradition?
Elsewhere in the chapter, Father Cleary describes (pp. 293-296) Roman Catholicism’s belief in life after death, and the centrality of Heaven to the faith. How are these views on suffering and the afterlife intertwined with one another in the Catholic faith?
**I am christian, please use this as my religion for this essay. **
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