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By Fr. Jerry Pokorsky, Catholic Culture, July 01, 2024

Fr. Jerry Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington who has also served as a financial administrator in the Diocese of Lincoln. Trained in business and accounting, he also holds a Master of Divinity and a Master’s in moral theology. Father Pokorsky co-founded both CREDO and Adoremus, two organizations deeply engaged in authentic liturgical renewal. He writes regularly for a number of Catholic websites and magazines.

 

Catholic dogma: “God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things that they might exist.” (Wis. 1:13-14) The consequences of Original Sin are suffering and death: “By the envy of the devil, death entered the world.” (Wis. 2:24)

Jesus demonstrates His dominion over suffering and death with His miracles. Yet all those He healed eventually died. His miracles carry a meaning that extends beyond physical healing. His mission is to save us from our sins and restore our humanity.

Jesus confronts sin, suffering, and death on the Cross. He overcomes the root cause of suffering and death—every sin throughout history—with His glorious Resurrection. His healing anticipates His Cross and Resurrection and the forgiveness of sin in the Sacrament of Penance. …

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