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Hungry Souls by Gerard J.M. van den Aardweg
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May 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: biography, church-documents, grief, hagiography, history, non-fiction, psychology, religion, spiritual, theology, prayer
Read from April 29 to May 12, 2011

Absorbing read. Helps you see beyond the physical realm of the here and now which is such a challenge for me as I expect it is for most of us. Everything I do, everything that happens to me can be used, has merit depending on my openness to the continuity of life beyond the grave, the fact that when we die, most of us have unfinished business.

Although there are some who endure their 'purgatory' here on earth when they don't run away from long-term illness or suffering, many these days seemingly take the 'easy' way out through euthanasia. The thought crossed my mind as I was reading this book that wise people have always known there are no easy way outs, no short cuts, no free lunches, not in this life anyway. So why should there be any on the road to Heaven? Does it make sense? If God is anything, isn't He a God of Justice? Why would He let some of His children suffer so horribly dying of cancer or some other illness, but dying naturally while others pay to end their own lives, that is, commit cold-blooded suicide just to avoid some pain which they could also pay to have eased through pain killing drugs?

Perhaps those who terminate their own lives aren't going to get off so easy after-all. Perhaps on the other side, they will discover a place where the pain still exists and it is a pain they cannot escape until they have gone through what they were supposed to endure... Just a thought...
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