Quotes on Suffering
Here are some quotes on suffering from a few theologians.
German theologian Jurgen Moltmann, whose book "The Crucified God" opened up significant discussion on suffering, writes: God is "... not recognized by his power and glory in the history of the world, but through his helplessness and his death on the scandal of the cross of Jesus Christ."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who opposed Hitler in World War 2 in Germany and eventually gave his life for this opposition, after spending years in prison, writes, "To endure the cross is not a tragedy; it is the suffering which is the fruit of an exclusive allegiance to Jesus Christ."
And John Calvin, one of the most important reformers of the Church from the 1500s, wrote: "The sufferings of Christ are the means of the forgiveness of sin and eternal glory."
Many theologians and writers have upheld Christ's suffering as central to Christ's work in the world and Christ's work in our lives.
St. Teresa, though, gives us an important reminder about not elevating suffering in and of itself, when she writes, ""Suffering is nothing by itself. But suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love."
The Christian faith has been clear that first reflecting on Christ's suffering helps us to talk about and understand the suffering we experience and witness in the world.