Good Friday: Suffering

It was not because Jesus was oblivious to pain that enabled him to undergo such cruelty. It was because he knew the depth of human grief and loss and despair. And he knew that, because he loved.

– Br. James Koester
Society of Saint John the Evangelist

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Question for Reflection:
Will you ask God to transform your suffering into greater love?


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  1. Terri Stevenson on February 15, 2019 at 11:36

    By trusting God to be with me and my Mom in her Alzheimer’s this past year it was truly a time when I experienced God’s great love. At first I wanted to run, and pleaded with God to just take her. It was too painful to see her that way. Instead God told me, I’ll be with you. And I experienced so many moments of grace as a result. Such a mystery! I was blessed to be with my Mom. The last year of her life was a great journey of love and it was gift to me.

  2. Tudy Hill on March 25, 2016 at 20:28

    Your own “I don’t know why…?” questions encourage me to believe more in your faith that grounds you. Thank you, Robert.

  3. marilee pittman on April 3, 2015 at 08:09

    I don’t usually listen to talk of the meaningfulness of suffering. However upon listening to this talk on this Good Friday Morning, I am reminded of loved ones who have suffered with cancer and I realized how transformative that experience was for them. It is true their hearts were broken wide open and filled with a depth of love and compassion.

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