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5 Steps to facing suffering

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Suffering can strike anyone at any time ? an illness or accident, a separation or divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job. No one would suggest that you should seek out suffering. And, no one would say that you should love suffering. In fact, suffering is not a being and, therefore, cannot be loved.

But, these five insights about suffering will help you consider the value of suffering in a new light. Guadagno shares stories of people who have lived through (or are still experiencing) suffering. She offers their examples of how to take a spiritual reality and put it into practice in a transformative way by: (1) facing the challenging question of why we suffer; (2) recognizing the presence of Jesus in people who suffer; (3) remaining in the present moment; (4) aligning yourself with Jesus who also suffered; and (5) entering into the suffering with an awareness of what?s on the other side. The wisdom of those who share their experiences here is a gift to anyone who wants to look at suffering with new eyes ? in particular, with the eyes of a God who is Love and who chose to suffer precisely so that we could love one another more deeply.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Geraldine Guadagno is a wife, mother, and volunteer. She has written two children?s books as well as magazine articles for both children and adults. A member of the Society of Children?s Book Writers and Illustrators, she frequently attends workshops and conferences.
ABOUT THE ?5 Steps? SERIES:

This series presents books that can help readers bridge gaps, build unity, and heal divisions. Its authors offer years of experience of putting into practice a lifestyle of Gospel-inspired unity and communion. They offer clear suggestions for how to approach and engage in topics of importance to 21st century Christians and anyone longing for a more united world.
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Suffering can strike anyone at any time ? an illness or accident, a separation or divorce, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job. No one would suggest that you should seek out suffering. And, no one would say that you should love suffering. In fact, suffering is not a being and, therefore, cannot be loved. But, these five insights about suffering will help you consider the value of suffering in a new light. Guadagno shares stories of people who have lived through (or are still experiencing) suffering. She offers their examples of how to take a spiritual reality and put it into practice in a transformative way by: (1) facing the challenging question of why we suffer; (2) recognizing the presence of Jesus in people who suffer; (3) remaining in the present moment; (4) aligning yourself with Jesus who also suffered; and (5) entering into the suffering with an awareness of what?s on the other side. The wisdom of those who share their experiences here is a gift to anyone who wants to look at suffering with new eyes ? in particular, with the eyes of a God who is Love and who chose to suffer precisely so that we could love one another more deeply. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Geraldine Guadagno is a wife, mother, and volunteer. She has written two children?s books as well as magazine articles for both children and adults. A member of the Society of Children?s Book Writers and Illustrators, she frequently attends workshops and conferences. ABOUT THE ?5 Steps? SERIES: This series presents books that can help readers bridge gaps, build unity, and heal divisions. Its authors offer years of experience of putting into practice a lifestyle of Gospel-inspired unity and communion. They offer clear suggestions for how to approach and engage in topics of importance to 21st century Christians and anyone longing for a more united world.

Sayings of the Desert Fathers

Be clothed, my brother, in humility at all times because then you will be clothed in Christ who grants it. (Saint John Saba - The Spiritual Elder)

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