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"good" Friday

I had a busy week with family and community in NL, but treasured connections are always welcome.

Today is Good Friday, and after a year of illnesses and death in my family as well as in so many other families and parts of our world, I am preoccupied with what it means to love and to open my heart to suffering I cannot alleviate. Today I name this reality as the past year's hard lesson. My insight today, on the day of the Christian year when suffering is most looked upon with helpless longing to alleviate, I finally name that a lot of the helping I have done for a lifetime was an attempt to fix and solve. It had an agenda - mostly mine. The hard lesson of the crucifixion and what I realize after the past year is that at this late date in my life I am trying to learn to be with suffering, to be fully present to those suffering, not to fix, solve, or end it, but to be present in a loving way, to alleviate where I can, but also to be present to my own helplessness. What an insight, what a shift this has been today!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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18.03 | 17:38

Edith is our mentor and prophet for the times she knows we are trying to let go, be freed from whatever impedes growth,goodness and giving!

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14.03 | 19:26

Thank you Brenda for providing this resource. Your selection of books make fine companions on life's path, especially at this time.

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