Choice, Suffering and Original Sin

Simcha Fisher responds to the tragic story of a mother of a dying child who wishes that she had aborted him.  Freedom to choose is a dangerous illusion. H/T Little Catholic Bubble


“She has had her face pushed against the wall of horror which is mortality.  She does not like the choices presented to her:  either suffer this way, or suffer that way.  What is her answer?  “There ought to be another choice.”  Choice after choice after choice.  The modern person confronts pain and slices it thinner and thinner, hoping to put an end to it.  This does not work.  It simply makes the pain, like a knife, sharper.

Am I implying that to know God is to be happy and contented?  Hell no.  The more we ask questions, the more we realize how small we are in the face of the answers.

But here is the folly of the modern American faced with ethical torment:  they think there is someone to blame.  It’s the Republicans’ fault!  It’s the pro-lifers’ fault!  It’s the tyranny of the Church, or the oppression of institutionalized sexism!

No.  It’s original sin that they don’t like.  Is it oppressive?  Hell yes.  Is it unfair?  Hell yes.  Is it inescapable?  Hell yes.  Sooner or later, all of us are faced with the crushing unfairness of life, and presented with a cleft landscape:  suffering on one side, suffering on the other.  God willing, when it’s my time, I’ll know enough to beg Him to make the choice for me.  Without God, our only option is to dive straight into the crevasse—too look into Hell, and to say to it, “Yes.”

We make our choice.”

I pray that when my time comes to make the choice between suffering and suffering that I have the fortitude to trust in God. The alternative is to listen to the father of lies.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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1 Response to Choice, Suffering and Original Sin

  1. Amen! That is my prayer, too!


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