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Hope. This topic touches each of our lives personally and directly relates to our experience in encountering and understanding those experiencing suffering of any kind. In Pope Benedict XVI's fairly short encyclical "Spe Salvi" (or "Saved by Hope"), he draws from Scripture, history, the lives of the Saints, and Church teaching to present in a very moving and approachable way our need and grounds for hope - particularly hope in the face of suffering.
You might be interested in this discussion if...
- You've ever asked the question: Where is our good God in the midst of suffering and tragedy?
- You long to offer hope to someone passing through a difficult time in his or her life.
- You desire to live a more authentically Christian life rooted in hope.
- You have never read a Church document or anything by Pope Benedict XVI before (or you have, and you loved what you read)!