Companion in Illness:
Why Suffering?

Accidents, illness, disease, age often bring suffering we cannot explain.

Even Jesus Christ did not explain the mystery of suffering. He tried simply to relieve it where he could. And as his life ended, he took it on himself.

Jesus taught not to give in to sickness, but to fight to regain health. At the same time, he showed what indirect blessings sickness sometimes brings.

What blessings can sickness bring? It reminds us how dependent we are on others, and above all on God for life!

It makes us see how precious life is.

It invites us to believe, to call for God's help, to accept God's way, and to grow in confidence that whatever lies ahead, all will be well.

The Crucifixion - Matthias Grunewald

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