CNA Staff, Nov 4, 2020 / 19:29 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland discussed the meaning of suffering - and how Catholics should respond to it - in a recent video reflection.
“We've been suffering through this pandemic. We're suffering through these terrible divisions in our country and the remnants of evils, such as racism [and] social unrest. Here in Oregon, we've had these terrible wildfires,” he said October 23 on his weekly video program, Chapel Chat.
“Even though we know suffering is always there, it's a little bit in our face right now more so perhaps than in the usual course of things. It's important for a Christian to understand the meaning of suffering.”
Suffering is a mystery, the archbishop said, but the Christian faith helps us understand that suffering does have purpose. He said the question of how an all-good and all-powerful God can allow suffering is particularly important to answer in today’s culture.
God did not create evil or suffering, the archbishop said. Rather, evil entered the world through the disobedience of Adam and Eve and brought with it suffering and damage to creation.