The sixth spiritual work of mercy highlights an act of charity that we too often neglect. In American society we tend to avoid, “comforting the afflicted,” and either try to solve the “problem” or dismiss a person’s suffering entirely. We are even told that suffering is a sign of weakness and so many of us will never bring up our affliction in front of others.
Simply put, we are afraid of suffering. It makes us feel uncomfortable.
As an example, I certainly fail in this regard when it comes to comforting my own wife. Like so many other men I try to “fix” my wife’s problems. She begins to tell me how hard it was at home with the kids and how stressed she is and I immediately begin to think...READ MORE