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Catholic Stories of Faith & Hope - How God Brings Good Out of Suffering

My testimony is included in this book.

If God loves us and is so powerful, why does God allow disease and natural disasters, as well as terrorism and other human atrocities?

What are some true stories of Catholics today who faced significant suffering and now see the good that God brought from it?

Catholic Stories of Faith and Hope provides a Catholic response to the big question, "Why would a loving God allow evil, pain, and suffering?" This includes exploring why God would allow disease and natural disasters (natural evil) and evil human behavior (moral evil), as well as how suffering can help us find a deeper meaning and purpose in life.

This book contains several poignant and inspiring personal testimonies of present-day Catholics who have dealt positively with significant suffering in their own lives. These stories provide contemporary accounts of how suffering can lead to personal and spiritual growth and bring us closer to God, others, and the Church. Catholic Stories of Faith and Hope helps us see suffering and hardship as an opportunity to experience God's grace and love by focusing on Jesus Christ, who experienced profound pain and suffering himself and who cares deeply about our own suffering.

Catholic Stories of Faith and Hope helps readers undertake the Spiritual Works of Mercy to "comfort the afflicted," "counsel the doubtful," and "educate the uninformed." Understanding the purpose of suffering and the greater good that can come from it will help us and those we love become better, instead of bitter, when facing life's inevitable hardships and difficulties.

Editorial Reviews


Mike Aquilina, EWTN host and author of over 70 published books

Why would a good and all-powerful God allow us to endure suffering and evil? There is no greater challenge to faith―no unbeliever's question more urgent―and perhaps no contemporary response more persuasive than Steve Hemler's. This is essential reading for modern apologists. It is rewarding reading for anyone who has suffered or shared another person's suffering.

Karlo Broussard, Catholic Answers Staff Apologist and Speaker, author of Purgatory Is For Real: Good News About the Afterlife for Those Who Aren't Perfect Yet

It's one thing to articulate the philosophical basis of the age-old argument from Augustine and Aquinas that God permits evil only to bring about a greater good. It's another to complement such philosophical evidence with empirical evidence that God does in fact do that in the lives of ordinary people like you and me. In this book, Steve Hemler does just that and provides the one-two punch of philosophy and testimonials in addressing the problem of evil.

Matt Nelson, Assistant Director of the Word on Fire Institute and author of Just Whatever: How to Help the Spiritually Indifferent Find Beliefs that Really Matter

Though it is one of the oldest objections against the existence of a loving God, the problem of evil still remains among the most formidable obstacles to Christian faith. Intertwining personal narrative with logical argument, Steve Hemler artfully demonstrates how we can make sense of God in a world that knows the existence of pain and evil all too well.

Rose Sweet, Catholic author, speaker, and Life Coach

Who doesn't love a compelling, inspiring story, especially one with a divine twist at the end? Steve does a masterful job of revealing the gifts that rise up from some of the most evil, painful, and personal sufferings of people just like you and me. I will definitely recommend this book to all my coaching clients who struggle with the brokenness of their lives and the question, "Why."

Rev. Michael Foley, Pastor of Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Orland Park, Illinois, and author of Walk Humbly With Your God

Steve Hemler presents a well articulated exploration of the mystery of suffering in our lives. This book explores both events within nature and through human intervention which cause suffering in this world. He does so with sound Catholic theology and real life human experiences. This thoughtful book can assist those who are wrestling with the question of human suffering both within their lives and those they love, as well as those who simply want a more thoughtful explanation of this topic.

From the Author



Part I: Suffering From Disease and Natural Disasters 1.Why Does God Allow Natural Evil? 2.My Strength and My Rest 3.What a Devastating Hurricane 4.How Will I Live Without Her?

Part II: Suffering Caused by Evil Human Behavior 5.Why Does God Permit Moral Evil? 6.Man's Inhumanity to Man 7.Epiphany in Jail 8.Is My Son Dead? Part III: Suffering and the Purpose of Life 9.Growth and Service 10.Discerning God's Will 11.The Answerer Summary and Conclusion

From the Back Cover

This book provides a Catholic response to why God allows pain and suffering.

About the Author

Steven R. Hemler is president of the Catholic Apologetics Institute of North America (see cainaweb.org). He is also author of The Reality of God: The Layman's Guide to Scientif