Chosen To Suffer

A mentally ill and severely depressed patient walks from morning mass at a convalescence home. She has been living here for many months because her elderly parents cannot cope with her at home.

She stops the priest who has just offered up the body and blood of Christ in holy mass and asks him, “why am I suffering?” His reply both startles her and frightens her, “You are chosen to suffer for everybody else on this earth”.
She asks him if she will get better and his reply is a short and terse, “I don’t know”.

Where is God? Where is hope?

“You are chosen to suffer for everybody else on this earth”.

Parish Church, Sneem Co. Kerry

This is the Parish Church in the village of Sneem. Outside were several pyramids built by James Scanlon in 1987. Nearby is a statue of Isis and a plague underneath saying:

A GIFT FROM THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT
“ISIS”
TO THE PEOPLE OF IRELAND

PRESENTED BY THE AMBASSADOR OF EGYPT
H.E. HUSSEIN MESHARAFA
10TH JULY, 1993