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"On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering"

Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II

Course Description:
Deepen your intimacy with Christ and find the redemptive value of suffering.

This course covers in six lessons:
• the Christian perspective of human suffering
• why Jesus was glad to suffer for our sins
• how to make our own suffering meaningful by uniting it co-redemptively
  to the Cross of Christ
• how to discern when our suffering should end
• what to do about the sufferings of others

Scholarships are available for those who are unable to pay

Each lesson gives you a portion of the Church document, Salvifici Doloris. Below is a list of options for obtaining this material:

  • On this website
  • Download the Windows Word document file (warning! this is a 20-page print-out). HOW TO DOWNLOAD IT: Place your mouse pointer over its link and right-click your mouse to open the Windows dialog box, then choose "Save target as..." and save it in your "My Documents" folder (or wherever you want to keep it).
  • Preferred Method (much easier to use!)
    You can buy it at your local Catholic book store or order it online from The Catholic Company (we provide this link as a courtesy to you, not as an endorsement of this company).

Instructor: Terry Modica
You can get an idea of Terry's perspective on the Church's teachings about suffering by reading her WordBytes on the topic (see links to them in the left column). Terry is the author of the daily Good News Reflections and has been teaching parish seminars on the Catholic Catechism and Church documents since 1994.

Terry converted to Catholicism in 1977, at which time she began to study official Church teachings in order to understand and dig deep into her new faith. Always involved in her parishes, she gained a reputation for inspirational teaching and spiritual leadership in Adult Religious Education, prayer groups, Parish Council, and as diocesan staff writer. She was certified by the Diocese of Trenton, NJ, in Pastoral Administration and by the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida. ( more )

Here's how the Good News Digital Classroom works:

Since you are signing up for a self-study course, after you register, you will be given the webpage where the course begins and a password to access it. There are theological reflection questions throughout.

You have a month to complete the course before your password expires. If you need more time, you may request an extension.

At the end of the course, if you have posted your homework assignments, you may request an emailed certificate that acknowledges successful completion of the course. This is useful for those who need continuing education for their work as catechists or in other ministries.

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