AbstractEmbarrassment of the theologian concerning the theodicy problemQuestions concerning human suffering need not be embarrassing to the theologian. The absence of God should not be a problem for the believing sufferer. God is never absent. His wrath over sin is just another aspect of his presence in the world. The cross is the proof of this statement. God is also not an unjust God, His righteousness comes forth from his grace, not from the rewarding of deeds. God's grace can aslo only be known through the theology of the cross. Suffering cannot be led back to God's punishment of specific sins. Suffering is due to the original sin and therefore the communio peccatorum needs the communio sanctorum desperately.