Few things challenge our faith in God like experiences of suffering. Both personal experiences of suffering – the death of a loved one; a miscarriage, stillbirth, or infertility; illness; trauma; addiction; financial hardship – and suffering on global scale can prompt us to ask, Where is God? We will examine how suffering is understood in Scripture, ask what it means to say that Christ accompanies us in our difficulty, and dig into the eternal question of how we understand a loving God who seems to allow innocent human suffering. At the same time, we will dispel popular but problematic myths about Christian suffering. Whether you are struggling to understand your own experiences, seeking to accompany a loved one through theirs, or simply hoping to understand more fully the mercy and love of God, you are invited to join us.
Instructor: Susan Reynolds, M.T.S., M.Ed., is a Ph.D. Candidate in Theology and Education at Boston College. She is an Adjunct Professor in Theology at Belmont Abbey College. Her research focuses on the liturgical life of culturally diverse Catholic parishes. She has also written extensively on theology and pregnancy loss.