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A sound Catholic answer to the most vexing problem that every soul must face
The greatest test of your faith won’t come from Bible-quoting Protestants or polite young Mormons on bicycles! No, your greatest test will be whether you will trust God when you suffer, or whether you will, in the words of Job’s wife, “curse God and die.”
In Suffering: The Catholic Answer, Dom Hubert van Zeller helps you prepare now for all your sufferings by enabling you to see them with the eyes of the Spirit.
Van Zeller, the wise author of Holiness for Housewives, maintains that you can understand the mystery of suffering only by means of the Passion of Christ. In this book, he explores the fourteen Stations of the Cross, plumbing the inner meanings of each in order to reveal why there has to be pain, and what you should do (and should not do) about it.
In his explorations of the Stations, van Zeller finds a great deal to help you in dark times. He reminds you that suffering, properly understood, cannot and should not extinguish happiness, and shows you how to accept your crosses with love. He reveals how you can learn from Christ Himself to turn your failures into victories, and to alleviate others’ suffering by imitating Mary’s compassion.
Above all, van Zeller shows you that suffering has a purpose, and he uses Christ’s Passion to sharpen your vision of life’s meaning. With help from this perceptive book, you’ll learn how not to grow disheartened or to give in to discouragement, but to see your crosses for what they are, and to bear them with perseverance.
Make your sufferings a path to salvation as Dom van Zeller shows you:
“Splendid and timely!” Regis MartinThe Last Things: Death, Judgement, Hell, Heaven
This is a classic that everyone should have! The Catholic doctrine of redemptive suffering is a gem that is still waiting to be fully revealed and understood and this book helps one to enter more fully into that great mystery. I cannot say enough good things about this book and how it will help one grow closer to Christ and his cross! This book isn't to be read but to be prayed!
I read "Suffering: The Catholic Answer: The Cross of Christ and Its Meaning for You" during the past year while I was in the midst of the darkest depression I have ever experienced. This book shone a light into my darkness by giving me profound insights into the Christian meaning of suffering, providing for my mind something to hang on to while my heart was buried in anger and torment. Dom Van Zeller presents deep spiritual truth in very clear language, and that truth helped me find hope again. I can't recommend this book highly enough. If people read this book when they are not suffering, what they learn will help them when discontent or distress or pain of any kind does come into their lives, as it inevitably will. And while suffering will never feel good, it helps a great to know the spiritual meaning of it that Christ uses it both for us and for others, if we offer it to Him; and that He is always close to us when we suffer.
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