An eschatological journey of lifehood Ronald’s narrative from a pastoral perspective

GE Dames


This study explores and interprets the experience of suffering within a pastoral epistemology of hope and meaning. In this article qualitative research as methodology is informed by a retrospective view on participatory action research and a narrative approach. A theology of affirmation based on an eschatological foundation within a pastoral anthropology is applied with specific reference to developmental psychology. The model of Ronald’s journey of lifehood serves as a key framework to link faith and moral maturity with a pastoral theology of cura vitae; more importantly as a practical illustration of the existential challenges of humanity and the effectiveness and realisation of the eschatological dynamic in healing of life and life care.


Developmental psychology; Eschatology; Fortology;Meaning and hope; Pastoral theology of affirmation; Resilience; Suffering and illness;

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ISSN 2226-2385 (online); ISSN 0028-2006 (print)

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