Friday, June 22, 2012

About not crushing people with truth

Artist: Cornelis Pietersz Bega 

Many, many years ago, I came across a quite wonderful little book entitled The Laughter of God: At Ease With Prayer by Sister Miriam Pollard. Here's something in the foreword, actually, that caught my attention then and remains a guiding principle for me to this day:
Anguish is not healed by crushing its victim under the weight of every truth you know.  It is healed, or at least assuaged, by listening, by time and acceptance, and often by giving to the other the sense that you also have lived without answers.
I commend the book to you if you are able to acquire it. (I think it's out of print.) I may share a little bit more from this work over the next few days.

(Image from Wikimedia Commons)


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