- Jul 9, 2020
The cross stands as the world spins. It strips away any romanticism, idealism, or any such fluff.
The path of righteousness highlighted by the Lord Jesus on this Divine Mercy Sunday is offered to all people willing to give it, ask for it, and seek a renewed culture that embraces and generously shares it.
By visiting a hospital and sanctuary founded by Padre Pio next Saturday, Pope Francis will highlight the complicated way the Church thinks about suffering.
Redemptive suffering becomes a witness in the world – and that is one reason why we need the stories of saints who had disabilities. Theologian Pia Matthews has written a new book where she looks at life with her own daughter who has complicated disabilities, as well as how her family has learned to appreciate that the great gifts they have received are not the only gifts on offer.
More people are dying than ever from overdosing on painkillers, and the Church is trying to help. Some pain is part of being human: Having no pain is dangerous. Christianity sees pain as both an opportunity for virtue and a union with Jesus: The pain of Christians is far more meaningful, and thus endurable.
The earthquake of Amatrice didn’t just rock and knock down buildings, it shook and unsettled human hearts, and so the rebuilding of the small town had to involve more than just the reconstruction of buildings.