Sunday, September 9, 2007

Fr. James's Sunday Homily

The Meaning of Suffering
When Jewish psychiatrist Victor Frankl was arrested by the Nazis in World War II, he was stripped of all of his personal possessions. He had spent years researching and writing a book on the importance of finding meaning in life--concepts that would later become known as logotherapy. When he arrived in Auschwitz, the infamous death camp, even the manuscript hidden in the lining of his coat was taken away.

"I had to undergo and overcome the loss of my spiritual child,” Frankl wrote. "Now it seemed as if nothing and no one would survive me; neither a physical nor a spiritual child of my own! I found myself confronted with the question of whether under such circumstances my life was ultimately void of any meaning."

He was still wrestling with that question a few days later when the Nazis forced the prisoners to give up their clothes. (Homily continued here.)

2 comments:

Esther said...

I remember learning about Dr. Frankl in college. I wish I had paid more attention to my professors when they spoke on this aspect of his life. Thanks Donna.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

I'm glad you stopped by, Esther :)