Wherein I "rip-off" another writer or artist - giving appropriate credit, of course. This week, suffering is on my mind, and this is from John Paul the Great:
In his messianic activity in the midst of Israel, Christ drew
increasingly closer to the world of human suffering. "He went
about doing good", and his actions concerned primarily those who were
suffering and seeking help. He healed the sick, consoled the afflicted, fed the
hungry, freed people from deafness, from blindness, from leprosy, from the devil
and from various physical disabilities, three times he restored the dead to
life. He was sensitive to every human suffering, whether of the body or of the
soul. And at the same time he taught, and at the heart of his teaching there are
the eight beatitudes,
which are addressed to people tried by various sufferings in their temporal
life. These are "the poor in spirit" and "the afflicted" and
"those who hunger and thirst for justice" and those who are "persecuted
for justice sake", when they insult them, persecute them and speak falsely
every kind of evil against them for the sake of Christ... Thus according to
Matthew; Luke mentions explicitly those "who hunger now".
At any rate, Christ drew close above all to the world of human suffering
through the fact of having taken this suffering upon his very self. - from the Apostolic Letter, SALVIFICI DOLORIS.
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