The Meaning of Suffering

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Find Consolation and Hope

Is someone you love suffering? Are you suffering? Do you know what to say to a loved with cancer or addiction? Or how to handle your own pain, whether physical or emotional?

We all suffer—it’s part of being human. But do you know how to bring hope and consolation to your loved ones? Or how to turn your own suffering into opportunities to grow in holiness?

The Meaning of Suffering, provides crucial answers to these questions and spiritual support in times of suffering. You’ll also learn why we suffer in the first place. And why a loving and merciful God allows us to suffer. Christ holds the answers…

Look to Jesus

Suffering is universal. Everyone experiences pain, illness, grief, loss. In those moments, it can be difficult to turn our eyes toward Jesus, or to find the right words or actions to console a loved one. But God gives us a great gift: His own loving example. Jesus suffered for us on the cross, offering an eternal sacrifice for our sins, and He invites us to unite our suffering with His.

Turn Suffering into Holiness

Easier said than done. That’s why, in the Meaning of Suffering presented by Good Catholic, we’ll unlock the teachings of the Church, the examples of the saints, and the life of Christ to help you not only make sense out of suffering, but use it to grow closer to Our Lord.

In this series you will:

  • See how suffering only makes sense in light of Christ’s suffering…and why that should bring us great joy and consolation (Day 2)
  • Discover why Jesus’ death on the cross freed us from sin but not from suffering (Day 6)
  • Learn how to handle physical, mental, and spiritual suffering, and help you or your loved ones prayerfully process grief and loss (Days 8-11)
  • Turn to the great mercy of God, who brings grace and good even out of our most difficult trials (Day 15)
  • Find hope and consolation—even salvation—in suffering (Day 17)
  • Learn practical tips about how to suffer well through the example of the saints

Suffering happens to all of us—but suffering is not meaningless. Discover how it is an opportunity to unite yourself to Christ.

BONUS: Subscription now includes the daily content PDF FREE! Plus a free download of St. John Vianney’s Catechism of Suffering. Both available upon series start.

When does the series begin?

The Meaning of Suffering begins on July 28 and lasts 21 Days. Each day we’ll send an email directly to your inbox reminding you about the day’s new content. Your subscription gives you access for one year from the start date.

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I have subscribed to quite a few of the Good Catholic series, liked them all, but think the one on suffering is my favourite

- Jeanne M.

It was an excellent series, and Fr. Roberts’ words were always inspiring.

- Lee P.

This was the most beautiful series. I am sad that it is over, but I feel that as Fr. Roberts said in one of the early sessions, I have ??come closer ??. Closer to Jesus in his suffering on the Way of the Cross and in His crucifixion…Thank you Fr. Roberts for this beautiful series.

- Kathleen G.

This has been a great series and I love Fr. Roberts.

- Amy H.

Father Roberts Thank You for your presentation for this series. We have been Blessed .

- Linda I.

I have received so many blessings from this series. I want to thank you and all who put this together.

- Jackie D.

Just finished the last session of The Meaning of Suffering. What a blessing this class has been. Received some real life lessons from all contributors and especially from Father Roberts that I am very grateful for. Please keep Father Roberts and his parish in your daily prayers as they carry their cross to making their recently burned Church whole again. May God bless and keep you Father!

- Patricia C.

This was a great series. I am going back to read a couple of the days’ reflections to dive deeper

- Amy B.

At first I thought three weeks would be so long-how wrong I was. It was a wonderful series, still thinking about many of Fr. Roberts reflections. I pray I can move them from my head to my heart with the help of Gods infinite grace. Christ’s peace to you all.

- Rita C.

Thank you Fr. Roberts. I really loved this serie and it help me a lot now that my life is difficult because of my husband’s so many illnesses. Thank you again. God bless

- Elena K.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series and will also go back to read it again.

- Josie G.

just finishing the study on the ??Meaning of Suffering?? today. It was an excellent program. Thank you Genevieve, Peter, and Fr.. Roberts for giving us so much to learn and understand, and ponder on. I know I will be going back over the course to continue to learn. I am very grateful for all the work you all put into this. Fr. Roberts, the way you talked about each episode, makes me think you must be a very compassionate person. Thank you for sharing your compassion and gentleness with us. Your way of presenting each day was very comforting. Again, thank you.

- Ann P.