These past two weeks have been filled with joy, and some powerful sufferings. In the past three days alone I have come to know of a friend facing infertility, another’s crippling physical pain, and a woman with emotional challenges so deep that I fear for her soul.
We all face suffering–physical, emotional, or spiritual. It is always personal…even when we anguish over the sufferings of another. And it always changes us.
As Blessed Pope John Paul II wrote in his Apostolic Letter Salvifici Doloris, 2/11/84:
It is suffering, more than anything else,
which clears the way for the grace which transforms human souls.