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Helping Catholic Students Understand Why God Allows Pain and Suffering

Helping Catholic Students Understand Why God Allows Pain and Suffering

One of the biggest challenges Catholic kids, teens, and young adults face today is how to reconcile faith in God and suffering in the world. They’ve been taught that Christ is a loving God in church, in school, and at home,. But when they see earthquakes, disease, social injustices, poverty, and the suffering of friends and family—or when they experience suffering themselves—it becomes difficult to understand God and accept His will. The secular world and media today constantly bombard kids with messaging that makes it even more difficult to believe God is loving and that suffering can, in fact, lead us to a transcendent relationship with Him. In this article, you’ll learn how Catholic educators can address one of the toughest questions their students will ever ask: Why does God allow pain and suffering if He loves us?