CREDOS : Suffering — I

One of the paradoxes of human condition is that even though we know that we are mortals, we wish that those we love could live forever. We also wish that our own lives could be lived out with less pain, suffering, uncertainty and fear.

But incurable diseases know no boundaries of geography, religion, race or ethnicity. Life-altering sicknesses eventually make their presence felt in our lives, forcing unexpected changes. But the ways we react to these changes vary in each culture and in each family.

In the last decade, new advances in medical technology have made it possible to live longer with serious disease and have complicated the choices we have in treatment.

Collectively, these new realities have impacted the ways communities, families, and individuals are responding to illness.

If you or someone you love is facing such a life-threatening illness, then you may be asking not only the practical questions — “How will I find the support, comfort, strength and care I need to get through this?” but the existential questions — “Why is this happening? Why now? And what choices lie ahead?”

Addressing both sets of questions is at the heart of an honest, spiritual approach to illness. Being honest about serious illness begins with admitting that the ultimate causes of disease cannot be fully explained, well-intentioned prayer cannot save everyone, and medical technology has its limits. —