Overcoming Obstacles II

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thought as a child because of the upbringing of his family & reality of Jesus, do not have to fear death & worry

When something bad freedom from struggle, don’t have to be held down

Victor Frankl, “Suffering ceases to be suffering the moment it finds meaning.”

Find meaning in suffering when eyes are open to the Redemption, my particular suffering what can I offer to someone else, or understand what other people going through

Mutual suffering can learn from one another, struggles & difficulties offer hope to others

Don’t have to be a victim and hold down forever

The Value of Suffering (Theodicy: How can a good God permit suffering? Augustine stumbling block)

Augustine Christian mother, pagan father, Manicheism

God can draw a good out of suffering

CCC 410 After his fall, man was not abandoned by God. On the contrary, God calls him and in a mysterious way heralds the coming victory over evil and his restoration from his fall.304 This passage in Genesis is called the Protoevangelium (“first gospel”): the first announcement of the Messiah and Redeemer, of a battle between the serpent and the Woman, and of the final victory of a descendant of hers.

CCC 411 The Christian tradition sees in this passage an announcement of the “New Adam” who, because he “became obedient unto death, even death on a cross”, makes amends superabundantly for the disobedience, of Adam.305 Furthermore many Fathers and Doctors of the Church have seen the woman announced in the Protoevangelium as Mary, the mother of Christ, the “new Eve”. Mary benefited first of all and uniquely from Christ’s victory over sin: she was preserved from all stain of original sin and by a special grace of God committed no sin of any kind during her whole earthly life.306

Theodicy- problem of evil, the world cannot explain it. [ Evil is a privation not a negation.

2 Types of evil physical & moral. Physical is a result of corruptible matter. Just the way things are in a physical world. Moral evil is a result of choice. Like the physical world needing a starting point, the Big Bang, moral evil also had a starting point Adam & Eve.]

Only Christian faith as a whole constitutes the answer to this question: the goodness of creation, the drama of sin and the patient love of God who comes to meet man by his covenants, the redemptive Incarnation of his Son, his gift of the Spirit, his gathering of the Church to which free creatures are invited to consent in advance, but from which, by a terrible mystery, they can also turn away in advance. There is not a single aspect of the Christian message that is not in part an answer to the question of evil.

>> Answer to problem of evil is the narratio, the power of the Cross

Confidence of Faith as a beloved child of God, overwhelming sense of peace, believed it

Not a curse, not a disciplining, but rather as a vessel to bring heaven to earth, opportunity can exemplify power of Cross in my own life

  • are not conquered by own obstacles or evil of the earth

  • individual makes a choice to accept gift of a good upbringing, not is not automatic

  • I accept, it is my choice

  • Providence, parents instilled the faith, Mikah had a personal encounter and acceptance of the Lord prior to his great need

> Thankful for year in FL, intense year of ministry school, focused on the idea “Belovedness”

Primary focus, faith shared by parents & sisters, idea there is a loving God, see parents as an example, good healthy love from parents, so easy to make connection

> Life is a gift, I am a beloved child of God, He is my Father, nothing to fear