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Suffering: Why all this suffering? What do I do about it?
Author: Reinhard Körner OCD
Translator: Sister Avis Mary SLG
Doctor Reinhard Körner, born in 1951, is a Carmelite priest based at Birkenwerder, north of Berlin. He is well-known across the denominations in Germany for his retreats and courses and for his many published books on topics of spirituality.
Sister Avis Mary SLG was called to the Bar in 1975 and entered the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God in 1978. She has been Editor of SLG Press since 2006 and pursues a love for the German language and people through translating into English works of Christian spirituality.
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No-one has ever found a satisfactory answer to the question of suffering. Dr Körner has no slick answers, but wrestles honestly with the theological issues - not just from a theoretical point of view, but from personal experience of grave illness. Protesting against any notion of a God who keeps a score of rights and wrongs and who has to be appeased and ‘bought off’ through sacrifice and suffering, he preaches the God of unconditional love whom Jesus proclaimed and addressed as Abba, ‘dear Father’. The reader is pointed to Jesus, as a pattern and example for suffering humanity.