Monday, July 17, 2006

In this Valley of Tears

The insight of the old monks stands: It is the suffering, that we are bound to bear, that keeps us turning to God.


Anonymous said...

Can I consider these adversities a blessing in disguise?
Even St Paul told me to "Count it all JOY" when opposition and trouble strikes.
I have a long way to go in accepting trials.
But...they are the will of God for each of us.

I was watching a PBS special with Bill Moyers..Faith and Reason over the weekend.. His guest, Anne Provoost, was an author who wrote a book of fiction on someone, not chosen by God to be a survivor on the ark,who stowed away, upsetting God's plan of Noah's clan being the only survivors .
Mr. Moyers asked her if she would be able to have a faith in a God who did not allow her to enter the ark, but chose others ahead of her. She said she could not follow a God who did such a thing to her. God to her, was "ethics", she said.
It saddened me...and made me resolve to pray for a greater faith and LOVE for my God.
I was reminded of 2 lessons from watching that special:
1) Earthly life is only a drop in the bucked as far as eternity is concerned.(Myopic?)
2)God is Love.

forget me not said...

John Paul II said that suffering takes nothing away from a person, to the contrary it is an added value. That is a concept that is discordant with today's society. He showed us instead that it is true. Once he said, (after breaking his leg was it?) "Everybody says the Pope is suffering too much, but the Pope MUST suffer because families, which are under attack at all levels, need his suffering."

Honora said...

:-( Aww.. we all have been told it was a Nazi's blow to his neck and then Parkinson's that stole JP II's back and then his smile and then his words.. but it was the crushing weight of the world that Jesus put upon Him the moment Karol said, "Totus tuus.." that bent him like a great silent oak, but an oak with a heart that shown in his eyes..

Brother Lesser said...

The best book I have ever read (this side of the Bible) is "The Truth About Trouble" by my friend Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R.

After Fr. Mike gave me a copy, I read the book eight times the first week.

BTW: I love your blog and have linked to it!