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Lessons From the School of Suffering: A Young Priest With Cancer Teaches Us How to Live

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Suffering is no guarantee of holiness. Many times it can be an invaluable teacher; other times it can crush a person into self-pity. But the lessons to be learned from suffering are many and, if we learn these lessons well, they can transform our lives, according to a young priest suffering from renal cancer.

In Lessons From the School of Suffering, Father Jim Willig shares his story of being diagnosed in his late 40's with terminal renal cancer and the consequences of living ...

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Overview

Suffering is no guarantee of holiness. Many times it can be an invaluable teacher; other times it can crush a person into self-pity. But the lessons to be learned from suffering are many and, if we learn these lessons well, they can transform our lives, according to a young priest suffering from renal cancer.

In Lessons From the School of Suffering, Father Jim Willig shares his story of being diagnosed in his late 40's with terminal renal cancer and the consequences of living with cancer and undergoing various treatments, none of which have stemmed the disease. Willig, a beloved pastor and inspiring preacher, felt called to share the lessons he has learned from the great pain associated with having cancer.

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Editorial Reviews

The Catholic Standard Times
This is the legacy of Fr. Jim who, by carrying the cross of his cancer, sowed the seeds of faith in more people than anyone will ever know.
Theology Digest
Jim's account of his battle with the reality and pains of terminal cancer and his education by the Lord in the school of suffering.
Ministry & Liturgy
Willig, a pastor of a parish in Ohio, writes about his suffering but more importantly about the transformation he experiences through the difficult days of his illness...What is wonderful about this book is that Willig reveals that he takes his suffering into the heart of Jesus. His writing is so transparent that you feel as if you are going into Jesus' heart with him. The book rings with authenticity.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867164558
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 4/1/2001
  • Pages: 100
  • Sales rank: 455,945
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

REV. JIM WILLIG is pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Cincinnati. He earned master’s degrees in Sacred Scripture from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Cincinnati and in spirituality from the University of San Francisco. TAMMY BUNDY is the author of several inspirational books. She received a B.S. in English education from Ohio State University. She writes a weekly column for The Cincinnati Post and lives in Cincinnati with her husband and four children.
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Table of Contents

Foreword v
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The First Day of School 3
Chapter 2 The Student Body 11
Chapter 3 Homework and Tests 17
Chapter 4 Prayer in School 27
Chapter 5 Guidance and Peer Counseling 37
Chapter 6 Required Text 45
Chapter 7 Examination Week 53
Chapter 8 Being Held Back 65
Chapter 9 Classmates 75
Chapter 10 Progress Report 85
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2001

    Lessons That Keep Drawing Me Back

    I bought this book about a week ago and read it cover to cover, finding it difficult to put it down or out of mind. And since that time I have been drawn back to it twice again, and bought several copies to share with friends struggling with life's various trials. Although this book is one man's journey of his suffering with his disease of renal cell cancer, his is a journey that can be compared in many ways to everyman's suffering whether that suffering be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Father Jim's story, although tragic, is positive, uplifting and hopeful. His story provides a glimpse into the peace, growth and strength that suffering develops in each of us. Father Jim makes us believers that suffering is a renaissance of spirit and not the desperate ruin that tragedy suggests. The lessons of suffering suggested in this book suggest to me that suffering perfects us for eternal life with our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am grateful for these 'lessons in the school of suffering' that put a positive spin on why bad things happen to good people. I pray that these lessons can inspire me to approach suffering with the humility, courage and faith that Fr. Jim teaches in this gift 'Lessons in the School of Suffering'.

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