141 pages – Suggested weeks to complete 8-12 weeks minimum

Table of Contents
Chapter One – Suffering and the Human Person
Chapter Two – The Problem of Pain
Chapter Three – God’s Only Begotten Son
Chapter Four – The Suffering of Christ
Chapter Five – The Way of Discipleship
Chapter Six – Like Christ
Chapter Seven – Priests, Prophets, and Kings
Chapter Eight – The Good Samaritan

A sample two-hour session
7:00 p.m. – Hellos
7:15–7:20 p.m. – Opening Prayer
7:20–8:50 p.m. – Read & Discuss
8:50 p.m. – Closing Prayers/Announcements
9:00 p.m. – Goodbyes

Supplemental resources

Paying it forward
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In addition to the St. Teresa of Avila study, we also did the study on John Paul II’s On the Christian Meaning of Suffering. My mom and sister also joined us for that study. It was incredible and life changing!


Having familiarized ourselves with the person of John Paul II, his thinking and writings, this Apostolic Letter invites women to approach the question of why God allows suffering and how we are to understand it and participate in it as a means to our sanctification. This is a difficult question for all people to come to terms with, and this Endow study takes us along with John Paul II as he explores the various ways we experience suffering.

Navigating the study
Each chapter is divided into three sections. For a more leisurely 12 week study, groups can work through two of the three sections. For an 8 week study, groups can either move through the sections more rapidly or are selective about which sections to complete. It is not expected that all the questions should be answered in one session or at all. 

The commentary for this study was written by Emily Stimpson Chapman, who also wrote our studies on Letter to WomenHumanae Vitae (Of Human Life),  Rosarium Virginis Mariae (On the Rosary of the Virgin Mary),  Setting the World Ablaze: St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Hildegard of Bingen -Discovering the Doctors of the Church.

We are here to support you
Throughout your study, as spiritual, theological, or pastoral questions arise, please contact us for support. Please also consider emailing us testimonies from your group! We love to hear what the Lord is doing through Endow!

The Endow team is here to support you in studying this important document! For an initial 20-minute Zoom meeting with us, please contact [email protected] with the subject line “Mentoring meeting”

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