Tuesday, March 18, 2008

One more Quote from Spe Salvi

And then I have to get to bed!

I found this quote wonderfully profound, but also very challenging.

We can try to limit suffering, to fight against it, but we cannot eliminate it. It is when we attempt to avoid suffering by withdrawing from anything that might involve hurt, when we try to spare ourselves the effort and pain of pursuing truth, love, and goodness, that we drift into a life of emptiness, in which there may be almost no pain, but the dark sensation of meaninglessness and abandonment is all the greater. It is not by sidestepping or fleeing from suffering that we are healed, but rather by our capacity for accepting it, maturing through it, and finding meaning through union with Christ, who suffered with infinite love.
Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi (Saved in Hope)

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