The Fire of Pain and Pride

Take a moment to read Thomas L. McDonald’s insightful and humble piece on how he heard God speak to his heart and soul.

There are Christians who seem to believe that God only speaks through words. This is a rather puzzling and limiting idea for a creator who gave us five senses plus an imagination and intellect. God spoke through Mozart and Bach, through Caravaggio and Monet, through Shakespeare and John Donne, through St. Thomas Aquinas and Pope John Paul II. He speaks in many languages: mathematics, chemistry, biology, astronomy; paint, paper, film; stone, wood, and metal; the bloom of a rose and the fall of a leaf.

But has ever spoken to me?

Ah yes, but he had to use a language he only reserves for his hardest cases: the language of pain and suffering. Pain, as C.S. Lewis says, is God’s megaphone. Make no mistake, Our Lord does not cause our suffering, but he uses it to reach us.

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  • Howard Towt

    Ms. Scalia:

    You moved me!

    As the various pundits in the blogosphere attempt to grasp “the meaning” of the last few days of political activity, you touch on the essence of communication: How we use our multiple senses to extract understanding.

    The current contrast between those who exhibit humility and those who profess it could not be more profound. Thanks for helping keep me grounded!

  • Mila

    What a powerful testimony! If we were only a little more open to God…

  • Steve Colby

    McDonald’s article echoes my belief and my experience. In my case, it was, “So sorry about your back injury, but now that I have your attention….”

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  • DeLynn



    Truly fascinating.

    A very challenging subject – GOD and the relationship with LIFE or Humanity.

  • Philippa

    God also uses silence. Spend a week on silent retreat and find out :-)

  • passerby

    God using the language of pain to communicate to us, is one of the assumption on how thing (God) is supposed to work. You had your suffering. You concluded (assumed), God sent it to you to teach you a life lesson.

    How about this other way of assumption: God created laws. Men disobeyed and got pain. It’s not God’s who do it, it’s us through our own ignorance of the law of life. So, we speak language of pain to ourselves. We send pain or happiness to ourselves. In other word, all pain is self abused through ignorance.

    Which assumption would we choose to believe? Would we want to find out the truth or just assume blindly that our present belief or assumption is truth?

  • Jennifer

    I liked, indeed. Gives me hope.