In a gathering that Pope Francis had with young people at the University of Santo Tomas when he visited the Philippines in January 2015, the Pontiff faced a tough question from a twelve-year-old girl. With all simplicity, the girl asked the Holy Father why does God let children suffer?
Paraphrasing the question of that little girl and applying it in our own case, we may find ourselves reckoning with the same question: Why suffer? I think the question has struck a very familiar chord to each one of us, young and old. I guess by living in this imperfect world filled with imperfect people, nobody is spared from pain. Common experience demonstrates the harsh truth that we are all familiar with suffering. The gravity may vary across people, but nonetheless, the same inevitable reality holds true. And the suffering is in all forms: physical, emotional, socio-economic, psychological, moral and spiritual. By this vein, pain acts as one of the great equalizers in the world. Neither money, fame, talents, nor even virtues can exempt people from it.
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This article is posted in World Youth Alliance (WYA) on 30 March 2018. It is adopted from my recently launched book entitled “Crossroads: Musings of a Millennial about the Youth and God”, a book that tackles the crossroads where God and the youth can meet. The book was launched on 23 September 2017 in Ortigas, Philippines.
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