Why All People Suffer

How a Loving God Uses Suffering to Perfect Us

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Suffering is one of the most challenging and inescapable mysteries of life — even for the innocent. Thinkers have long been vexed by the idea that a good God permits suffering, and it has been a stumbling block for many souls striving to live lives of faith.

But what if we’ve been looking at suffering improperly all this time? What if, instead of serving as evidence against God, suffering represented the very proof of a loving God?

In this transformative and enlightening book, Dr. Paul Chaloux — adjunct professor of theology at the Catholic University of America — demonstrates that suffering is not retribution from an angry, vengeful God but the saving action of a loving God who directs us away from evil and toward eternal joy in Heaven.

Educated in his own “school of suffering,” Dr. Chaloux explains the four tasks of suffering that are essential in the economy of salvation and why, if suffering were to be abolished, no one would be saved. Using well-known stories from Scripture and the lives of the saints, he explains numerous other aspects of God’s use of evil and suffering in His plan for our salvation, including:

  • How suffering is not a punishment from God but a gift to the guilty and the innocent alike

  • Why suffering is not evil but rather an “evil-detector”

  • Why suffering needs to be harsh and persistent to protect and perfect us

  • How to recognize and respond joyfully to God’s call in the face of loss, disability, injury, illness, and death 

  • How we are acting as messengers of God when we witness to our own suffering

 

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"In this book, Paul Chaloux provides an accessible synthesis of Catholic teaching on suffering. Drawing on the wisdom of the tradition, he confronts some of moral theology’s most challenging debates over evil, justice, and divine providence.""

Paul Scherz
Science and Christian Ethics
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"Paul takes up one of the most challenging human questions: Why suffering? A relentless and creative thinker, he speaks with reasoned clarity. He offers the reader a practical spiritual understanding and progression for living with and through the inevitability of suffering. Paul Chaloux is the teacher every learner wishes he or she had. He teaches so that we learn to live well."

Marie Pappas
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This is a book you should read, its a book we all should read because it will help you in times of trouble.

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Johnnette Williams
EWTN Women of Grace
  • Pages: 304
  • Format(s): Paperback, eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-64413-421-4
  • Product Code: 4214
  • Availability: In Stock
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The timing for this book is perfect. During difficult times, we all search for meaning, purpose, and the guiding light. Author Paul Chaloux takes on the difficult, universal question, why do all people suffer? From his own personal experience and religious doctrine, he explores the concept of suffering and substantiates that a loving God has a purpose for suffering. From birth throughout life, we all suffer and this book shares insight into the faith and hope that can be our North Star.
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What a blessing!
This book was so helpful to me for so many personal reasons. I consider it a must read and published in perfect timing for the immense worldwide suffering from Covid among other suffrage. Dr. Chaloux captures the true essence of God’s love for us, as difficult as suffering is often times so very difficult for the human mind to understand. Our Father is always there through it all- the consistent I AM. Dr. Chaloux’s personal experiences of suffering and his ability to reason and explain God’s love through it all was also inspiring. He also refers back to both old and New Testament scriptures often to cement God’s word and suffering and love through the ages. I recommend this book to anyone who has suffered loss or has family members who have suffered it and needs our help to see through the pain and know that we are loved and that God is in the driver’s seat of our lives.
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Recommended Reading
Dr. Chaloux explores how the Catholic tradition illuminates a mysterious, Christological message within suffering. This thought-provoking text engages a variety of important literature to investigate the relationship between suffering and the needs of the soul. A wide audience will find Chaloux’s work a worthwhile read for exploring whether suffering can be interpreted as a call to faith, unity, repentance, and justice.
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Essential Read for Every Catholic
As a practicing Catholic in my early 40’s, I frequently research what the Catholic Church’s viewpoint and teachings are on everyday life topics. Dr. Chaloux’s book Why All People Suffer fills a void on a difficult topic. It is a book that I anticipate I will use many times in my life as I undergo suffering on various levels, to gain inspiration and knowledge that will bring me and others closer to Christ. This book has already given me a new understanding and greater peace about why a loving God allows his people to suffer, and at times suffer terribly. I am grateful that Dr. Chaloux has written this book, and that it has been approved by the bishop’s office.
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Paul's view of suffering really opened my eyes on my views of suffering. In one of his first interviews before I even read the book the term “evil detector” grabbed me. Our lives are short and we are all going to suffer at some point in some way. After reading, I may never suffer again as I will just take it as God’s plan, deal with it in the best way possible, try to make it less, and make sure my “evil detector” is set so I never display any in any form. I am better for reading his book.
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