Facing Adversity with Grace: Lessons from the Saints

Facing Adversity with Grace: Lessons from the Saints

by Woodeene Koenig-Bricker


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When bad things happen to us, we ask the perennial why questions: Why me? Why must I suffer? The saints have taken this plaintive cry and turned it from a wail of despair into a song of blessing. Instead of seeking a universal understanding of suffering, they have taken their own suffering and made it the transformative hallmark of their lives. They have turned their pain from something to be endured into a lesson to be embraced. Popular author Woodeene Koenig-Bricker shows us by the example of the saints how to transform our view of suffering. By considering how the saints dealt with pain, we see how suffering can become not something we must escape but something we can appreciatethe means by which God shapes and forms us. These stories of the saints help us live holy and wholly human lives in, through, and by our suffering.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593251604
Publisher: Word Among Us Press, The
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Adversity and God's Love 11

2 Physical Pain: St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio) 23

3 Mental Suffering: Blessed Teresa of Kolcata 34

4 Physical Disabilities: St. Alphonsus Liguori 44

5 Addictions: Venerable Matthew Talbot 55

6 Divorce: St. Helena 66

7 Life Choices: St. Margaret of Cortona and St. Damien de Veuster 76

8 Marital Discord: St. Rita of Cascia and St. Catherine of Genoa 87

9 Family Matters: St. Jane de Chantal 97

10 Weighty Concerns: St. Francis Borgia 107

11 Prejudice: Venerable Pierre Toussaint and St. Josephine Bakhita 117

12 Temptation to Vice: Sts. Francis, Camillus, Romuald, and Others 125

13 Financial Stress: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 134

14 Grief: St. Elizabeth of Hungary 142

15 Old Age: Blessed John Paul II 149

16 Life Lessons on Suffering 158

Endnotes 165

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