Towards the end of the introductory exposition we read: “. . .in the face of modern developments there is a growing body of (people) who are asking the most fundamental of all questions or are glimpsing them with a keener insight: What is (humankind)? What is the meaning of suffering, evil, death, which have not been eliminated by all this progress? What is the purpose of these achievements, purchased at so high a price?”(Gaudium et Spes 10)
These questions are still being asked today. They’ve always been asked. People continue to search for answers. Does the Church have a credible response? Or are there times when a shared curiosity is a more convincing witness to share with others? Do you think believers find it more difficult than unbelievers or seekers not to have firm answers when the questions enter the chinks in our edifices?
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