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Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering
When Ronda Chervin’s son, Charles, ended his own life, he did so believing that it is pointless to endure inevitable suffering.
In the wake of Charles’s death, Dr. Chervin set out to discover some of the most basic — but all too often misunderstood — answers to why God allows us to suffer, and how we can bear it with perseverance and hope.
She shares her discoveries in these pages, helping you understand that while there is no escape from pain, pain itself is the road into the heart of Christ where peace can be found.
You’ll be given encouragement and practical advice as you explore afflictions such as failure, fear, frustration, loneliness, loss, marital problems, physical pain, fatigue, and temptation.
Dr. Chervin explains each affliction in detail and offers reflections on the lives of saints who suffered from the very same cross. Throughout each chapter you’re given practical suggestions on how you can meet Christ in your particular pain.
You’ll draw wisdom from the lives and writings of saints who were addicted, depressed, exhausted, raped, and unhappily married. And among these saints, you’ll discover within their responses a pattern that you can ponder and imitate.
Avoiding Bitterness in Suffering will bring courage and hope that in Christ and in communion with his saints, you can — and will — triumph over every kind of adversity.
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Why Bad Things Happen to Good Catholics
Why Bad Things Happen to Good Catholics will banish from your mind forever the temptation to think that events unfold according to blind chance — or even that evil ultimately triumphs in this world. The author, Fr. Henri Morice, helps you see the bad things that happen to you in the glorious light of God’s loving Providence. He dispels some of the mystery surrounding human suffering to reveal how God draws goodness — for your own soul and for the souls of others — out of even the worst tragedies you suffer. You’ll discover here how to recognize God’s love working in all the events of your life, day by day, moment by moment.
Fr. Morice also helps you recognize how (believe it or not) God actually needs you in His plan for the world, and how He speaks to you daily in subtle ways. He instructs you in how you should respond to God’s call in your daily life, and how trust in God’s Providence will bring you peace more lasting than any worldly satisfaction.
This remarkable guide even shows you how to set aside — forever! — worry about the future, how to deal with misfortune, and how to develop full and lasting confidence in God. Why Bad Things Happen to Good Catholics will charge you with renewed gratitude for the God who loves you more than you have ever imagined!
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