I think it is somewhat related to how we don’t like our own faces so much as they age, except when some ingenious photographer shows us to be better looking than we thought.
And so we treasure more the beauty we see around us.
I happened to have to go through awful pain of itching for a whole month – not quite over yet. Still not diagnosed for sure! It was actually the worst long term pain I have had since labor pains of childbirth. The only way I could get through the worst bouts that occurred even after different remedies from doctors was by just cling to Jesus on the Cross and identifying with Him.
Many of my readers have chronic worse pain than I am having with the itch. I don’t think it is wrong at such times to pray: Let me die or give me more grace to bear the physical pain, or to accept being numbed out!
In some cases where there is no way to avoid pain our choice can be whine, suck it up, or offer it up. Let’s offer it up!
I was running this idea past a friend who said that in a way it comes from having “default” psychological buttons where the minute someone does anything that displeases us we rush to the worst interpretation.
If the shoe fits…..
Are caricatures really any kind of form of charity that we think they are essential???? Augustine claimed that Christians shouldn’t write in a dull style where their enemies wrote in an interesting sometimes sarcastic style. And Jesus was surely sometimes sarcastic, for example about some Pharisees. However, Jesus didn’t make this His hallmark. Neither did Augustine.
The World Around You
Begin to link your own heart to all the pain and joy in the world in a cosmic yet personal sense. We don’t want our children to be insular or global but deep and at the core and in touch with the hearts of others suffering and joyful.
You tend either to groveling despair or grandiose pride. But Jesus is high and lifted up on the cross with the seed of resurrection real but hidden.
When you cleave to Jesus, Mary and Joseph in prayer, you are mystically in touch with everything at the core. You are not narrowly chained to the local or national, but this is not for the sake of making theories about the past, present and future, but to be able to love everyone through loving each individual who appears in your life.
By talking to you in this way, we want to unite your head and heart and will, imagination, and spirit. We can simultaneously stretch and deepen you when you truly surrender in trust.
Fear constricts and pride of ambition gives a false transcendence. Trustingly walk slowly, taking in, responding and then, as Jesus proclaimed, all will be one as I and the Father are one.