How-To Suffering

S2 Ep4 How-to Suffering: What Can We Do?

by Lisa Cotter, posted in Excellence


Suffering can come in all different forms: an illness, a relationship that has gone wrong, or through any number of instances that can occur in our daily lives. In many ways, our lives can be defined by how we respond to suffering. Will we deny it? Avoid it? Loathe it? or Embrace it? On the podcast today we will be taking a look at suffering and three practical ways to handle it.



Quotes from this Episode

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” – Kahlil Gibran

“We need to develop this kind of realism and, once and for all, stop dreaming of a life without suffering or conflict. That is the life of heaven, not earth. We must take up our cross and follow Christ courageously every day” – Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom

“We should not limit ourselves to accepting things grudgingly, but should truly consent to them—not endure them, but in a sense ‘choose’ them (even if in fact we have no choice, and that’s what most annoys us). Choosing here means making a free act by which we not only resign ourselves but also welcome the situation. That isn’t easy, especially in the case of really painful trials, but it is the right approach, and we should follow as much as possible in faith and hope.” – Jacques Philippe, Interior Freedom

“Friendship … is born at the moment when one man says to another “What! You too? I thought that no one but myself . . .” – C.S. Lewis, Four Loves


Hacks and Highlights

Jacques Philippe Books

Interior Freedom

Time for God

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