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Why All People Suffer: How a Loving God Uses Suffering to Perfect Us & Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach (2 Book Set)

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  • 2 Book Set 
  • Why All People Suffer: How a Loving God Uses Suffering to Perfect Us
  • Discover that suffering is by no means an obstacle along our path to God but the path itself
  • Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach
  • Addresses questions that Catholics grapple with today; forgiving the Church; working with anger; forgiving others 

Why All People Suffer: How a Loving God Uses Suffering to Perfect Us

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

All of us — even the saints — are born with the natural inclination to flee from suffering. Yet Why All People Suffer explains that suffering is not something to fear. You will discover in these pages that suffering is by no means an obstacle along our path to God but the path itself.

 

Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach

This revised and expanded edition of Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach will equip and inspire you to move toward forgiving those who have hurt you. With the power of God's grace, you can work through the process of forgiveness and find freedom in Christ.

This book teaches all about forgiveness: what forgiveness is and what it isn't; how to forgive and why. It addresses questions that Catholics grapple with today more than ever before: forgiving the Church; working with anger; forgiving when we can't reconcile; forgiving and not condoning behavior; and how forgiveness doesn't mean we forget, but helps us remember differently.

Filled with many vignettes of contemporary transgressions that have been transformed through acts of forgiveness-including situations of domestic violence, the Rwandan genocide, and the attacks of September 11, 2001-author Scott Hurd insightfully includes a chapter on "Forgiving the Church," which many believers will find helpful as we continue to struggle with the revelations of sexual abuse by clergy and its cover-up.

Hurd's Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach faithfully reveals the many misunderstood dimensions of forgiveness: it's not something to be earned, forced, or deadline-driven. Forgiving is a decision, a process, and often a lifelong journey.

 

Dimensions & Specifications 

Why All People Suffer: How a Loving God Uses Suffering to Perfect Us

  • Author: Paul Chaloux
  • Pages: 304
  • Format: Paperback

Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach

  • Author: R. Scott Hurd
  • Pages: 128
  • Format: Paperback
SKU:
9990937

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