(RNS) By dying at age 29, Maynard signaled that she saw no point in needless suffering. And if suffering is optional, then it might also be spiritually meaningless.
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JERUSALEM (RNS) This year, instead of sweets, people are drinking black coffee without sugar, a sign of mourning in Palestinian culture. Instead of new clothes, people are sending their alms to Gaza. Instead of going on vacation, people stay home, glued to the TV set.
(RNS) In Gethsemane, Jesus experiences the full range of human emotions, and he shares them with his friends in a fully human way. For us, expressing sadness and fear allows us to set aside our desire to be in control. It is also an invitation to let others love us.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) After losing her husband and two sons in a hiking accident, Sarah Decareaux says God “wants to use us for a purpose. I don’t know why he would do that to us, to serve some purpose, but I know there is one.” Now she’s trying to figure out what it is.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) At houses of worship here, people gathered in pews, crying, kneeling and hugging each other through services that focused on remembering the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, uniting the community, celebrating Christmas and preventing similar disasters.
(RNS) “Oh, God!” That cry has echoed ever since news of the horrific Newtown school shootings. As the names of those who died are made known, that cry is followed by a question: Why? Why does God allow evil? By Cathy Lynn Grossman/ USA Today.