Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

Proverbs That Might Be True, pt. 2

Life is pain, princess. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.
-The Dread Pirate Roberts, "The Princess Bride"


Anonymous said...

True life is joy princess; joy that lasts through times of suffering and times of happiness; an inner peace that's greater than the whims of our human passions. Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something.

Thy Handmaid's son said...

Hmmm... St Therese commented that she did not understand how Jesus could suffer so intensely upon the Cross while still - always - having the fullness of the beatific vision before him; but she did know that it was possible, she wrote, because she was experiencing something of the paradox herself.

It is probably not an either-or situation, then. Joy and pain aren't contrary to each other. In fact, I would not call joy if it were naive of pain and suffering. Such would be a mere happiness or contentment. Joy is more a decision, as charity is, than a feeling. In fact, one might say that joy is to happiness (or some other name for the lesser reality) as charity is to affection.

Joy envelops pain and suffering, but it does not negate them.

Thanks for your thought, Anonymous! I think these quotes, from time to time, will be good. They may be nonsense, or provoke nonsense, but it will be interesting nonsense, maybe a little good ol' horse sense, and perhaps, just perhaps, a nugget of wisdom here and there.