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David Keck wrote:

Hi, guys —

Below is a couple paragraphs that I wrote to myself in an effort to try and understand some of the mystery of God. Note, in particular, that I am reflecting on suffering and salvation. I think that is a good way to describe it. My question is:

  • From a Catholic perspective, am I on the right track in my thinking or am I missing the mark, misunderstanding, or not articulating it quite right?

I'm just trying to understand and bring reasoned clarity to all the teachings of the Church that
I have been most thankfully exposed to over my life time. I hope this makes sense and that I got it, more or less, correct. Please do correct and clarify me if I'm out to lunch.

Yours in Christ Forever,

Struggling Dave

In this world there is no such thing as no suffering. We as individuals and as a community, world or otherwise, have more suffering or less suffering. It cannot be avoided. This is a fundamental and most obvious truth.

Given this most fundamental and obvious truth, it is imperative that we embrace our suffering and carry our crosses as Christ did. If we identity with Christ in his suffering, the Cross becomes bearable and we, as Christ did, will move towards the Kingdom of God. This is true of the individual and of the aggregate community in Christ. We are the body of Christ therefore, as each of us pick up our cross willfully, the body, and of course the soul, journeys towards the Kingdom of God.

We must also help each other with the weight and burden of our crosses and pray for the grace and the strength to carry the cross. As members of Christ's Church, as Christ's voice on earth, we are called to evangelize. Christ did not want anyone left behind and by extension, as Christ's body and voice here today, we do not want anyone left behind. The beauty of the Kingdom seems to be intimately connected to each of us helping each other along the narrow path and through the narrow doorway; one at a time.

The Church, as represented by the Pope, the vicar of Christ and the voice of Christ, helps and guides us to know our sin and its consequences and helps us to identify, understand, and embrace our suffering and personal crosses. There is only One Truth and only One Way to the Truth and the Beauty of the Kingdom of God.

As much as we want to avoid it, that way is through the Cross.


  { From a Catholic perspective, am I on the right track in my reflections on suffering and salvation? }

Eric replied:

Sounds right on target, Dave.


Mike replied:

Hi, Dave —

Just to add to what Eric said, I think you'll find the following letter and articles insightful:

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