When True Evil Rises Before Us

Matt Emerson's piece this week looks at the horrifying ordeal of the Petit family, and ponders what faith provides when pure evil breaks into our lives.If you need a refresher, this is the story:The terror began after two long-time criminals, Steven Hayes and Joshua Komisarjevsky, broke into the Petit home. After finding Dr. Petit, they battered him with a baseball bat, bound his hand and feet, and dumped him in the bottom of the home. They raped Mrs. Petit and 11 year-old Michaela.When … [Read more...]

Tsunami; On Dignity and Suffering

Having just linked to a piece at Inside Catholic in the post below, I find myself linking yet again.In the wake of all these images, and the mind-numbing loss, suffering and dignity on display in Japan, IC editor Brian Saint-Paul just dropped me a note that they are reprinting a piece I wrote after the Christmas tsunami of 2004, which is still very relevant, and which I find difficult excerpt:When I was a little girl, our family knew a Frenchwoman. I don't recall her name, but I remember … [Read more...]

Wise, brave exposition on suffering

Read Timothy Dalrymple's personal and poignant exposition:The tenth of February was the fifteenth anniversary of the day on which I broke my neck in a gymnastics accident. I have always noted the anniversaries inwardly, in a kind of morbid remembrance of that fateful day—that single moment, really, in the early evening—that changed my life decisively and irrevocably.Of the 5,475 days that have passed in those fifteen years, I have felt spinal pain in nearly every one. The pain arrives swi … [Read more...]

Suffering; the Great Leveler

My archives are not all moved over yet, so I can't find most of the posts, but we do sometimes muse about suffering here.Often the topic comes up because we are sharing sad news that reminds us once again that no one gets through life without experiencing what it is to suffer.We have been trained in the secular world to disregard life as something holy and to understand that our human potential is inextricably tied to our personal freedoms and our domination over those uncontrollable matters … [Read more...]


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