Read the following information and utilise the provided articles for referencing. Answer the two questions below:
“Lord, help us to recognize you in the
sick, poor and suffering”; “Like the Good Samaritan, may we not
be ashamed of touching the wounds of those who suffer, but try to heal them
with concrete acts of love”; “There is so much indifference in the
face of suffering. May we overcome indifference with concrete acts of charity”.
The Catholic Church sees the presence of suffering as a way to follow the example of Christ and believe that it is within God’s plans. Suffering itself promotes
insightful theological questioning behind the existence of faith. God, as an
omnipotent and loving being, would allow for evil and suffering to exist, in
hopes through which strength, faith and resilience can be derived from it.
How does Jesus’ life and death conform to, or explicate, Pope Francis’ sayings and the Church’s teachings?
How might Jesus’ life and death function as a way for our own approach to how we might address evil and suffering? Use elements of Catholic Social Teaching, which draw on Christian anthropology, to guide your answers.