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Transformative Suffering by Richard Rohr

 

If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it.

Jesus is not observing human suffering from a distance; he is somehow in human suffering with us and for us.

Don’t get rid of the pain until you’ve learned its lessons.

Suffering is the only thing strong enough to destabilize the imperial ego.

The cross is always unto resurrection.

Transformed people transform people.

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Meditating on the Cross

Spend some time meditating on an image of the cross. Allow your body, mind, and heart to be completely present to the suffering of Christ. Welcome your own memories or sensations of pain, sorrow, grief. Hold them gently within the circle of God’s presence—God’s solidarity with human suffering. Then let this suffering, yours and Christ’s, go, and rest in faith that from every death comes new life, in every wound there is the opportunity for healing and hope.

 

 

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