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Suffering

aloe
symbol of suffering. [Flower Symbolism: Jobes, 71]
Andersonville
horrible Civil War prison where 12,926 Union soldiers died. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 18]
Bataan
site of U.S.-Filipino army “death march” (1943). [Am. Hist.: EB, I: 867–868]
Black hole of Calcutta
146 Britishers imprisoned in small, stifling room (1756). [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]
Chiron
centaur, gave up his immortality in order to end the intolerable suffering accidentally inflicted by one of Heracles’ poisoned arrows. [Gk. Myth.: Benét, 194]
Concentration Camps
where millions of Jews were starved, experimented on, and exterminated by Nazis (1939–1945). [Eur. Hist.: Misc.]
Gethsemane garden
east of Jerusalem where Jesus suffered in anguished fatigue. [N.T.: Matthew 26:36; Mark 14:32]
Hiroshima
where the atomic bomb was dropped (August 6, 1945). [Am. Hist.: Fuller, III, 626]
Io
having been changed into a heifer by Zeus, pestered by gadfly sent by Hera. [Gk. Myth.: Espy, 292]
J.B
. Job’s trials in modern setting and idiom. [Am. Lit.: J.B.]
Job
beset with calamities. [O.T.: Job 1:13–22; 2:6–10]
Mauperin, Renée
undergoes lingering and anguished death from guilt. [Fr. Lit.: Renée Mauperin]
Orestes
persecuted and tormented by Furies. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 271; Gk. Lit.: The Eumenides]
Philoctetes
Greek hero, bitten by a serpent, suffers agonies for ten years. [Gk. Drama: Sophocles Philoctetes in Magill III, 741]
prisoner of Chillon
chained for years in a damp, dark dungeon with his brothers, watches them die. [Br. Lit.: Byron The Prisoner of Chillon in Benét, 817]
Prometheus
chained to rock while vulture fed on his liver. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 221]
Raft of the Medusa, The
realistically portrays anguished ship’s crew. [Fr. Art: Daniel, 166]
Smith, Winston
beaten and tortured with rats for conspiring against the totalitarian regime. [Br. Lit.: George Orwell 1984]
Tantalus
condemned to Tartarus with food and water always just out of reach; hence, tantalize. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 253]
Valley Forge
winter quarters of Washington’s underfed, under-clothed Continental army (1778). [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 519]
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps he was; at any rate, I had no business to feel so bitterly against him as I did; but I could not then regard the matter in such a moderate light; and, after a brief conversation upon indifferent topics, I went away, suffering all the pangs of wounded pride and injured friendship, in addition to those resulting from the fear that I was indeed forgotten, and the knowledge that she I loved was alone and afflicted, suffering from injured health and dejected spirits, and I was forbidden to console or assist her: forbidden even to assure her of my sympathy, for the transmission of any such message through Mr.
Such a one am I, Senor Don Quixote of La Mancha, crushed, conquered, love-smitten, but yet patient under suffering and virtuous, and so much so that my heart broke with grief and I lost my life.
I surpassed myself, the suffering one; I carried mine own ashes to the mountain; a brighter flame I contrived for myself.
To me the convalescent would it now be suffering and torment to believe in such phantoms: suffering would it now be to me, and humiliation.
Suffering was it, and impotence--that created all backworlds; and the short madness of happiness, which only the greatest sufferer experienceth.
It is well for Tarzan that he did not guess the truth, for the knowledge would have but added a hundredfold to his suffering.
The fires of purgatory are 'equal in intensity to the fires of hell and contact with it is more dreadful than all sufferings of this earth,' according to Saint Thomas of Aquinas.
But modern theologians, including feminist theologians, say that God is impinged upon by our sufferings. And this isn't a bad thing.
These require that we know how to suffer, and how to share the sufferings of others, making those sufferings ours as well.
The memory of liberative sufferings can be an effective means to overcome internal and external disputes within and among various traditions.
John Paul, using the same terminology (institutional assistance/personal help) expresses the same idea stating that every individual must feel as if called personally to bear witness to love in suffering. The institutions are very important and indispensable; nevertheless, no institution can by itself replace the human heart, human compassion, human love or human initiative, when it is a question of dealing with the sufferings of another).
When asked for specific sufferings that the interviewees experienced, participants refer to political and religious tension, lost of freedom, spiritual hunger, and families that fell apart.