A lot of suffering is just getting rid of dross in yourself, and lingering and hanging in the darkness is often – I say this against myself – a failure of imagination, to imagine the door into the light.
Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
Suffering without understanding in this life is a heap worse than suffering when you have at least the grain of an idea what it’s all for.
Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else’s suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others.
Because we don’t see the evil destroyed now and thus experience the suffering that evil inevitably inflicts, we are tempted to doubt God’s existence and goodness.
The striking thing about the Precious Blood is the bond it establishes between love and suffering in our experience, a bond that has become so close that we have come to think of suffering accepted with joy as the most authentic sign of love with any depth at all.
The tithe payer helps the Lord build temples, where families can be sealed forever. The tithe payer helps Him send the gospel to people everywhere. The tithe payer helps Him relieve hunger and suffering in His own way through His servants.
The town of Gauley Bridge stands as a pattern for all those places where people are linked even in the middle of their suffering, where people fight against an evil condition so that other people need not go through the same fight.
There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy’s hand, when you hate mutually.
The only antidote to mental suffering is physical pain.