Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Looking In The Mirror

"Suffering is a face-to-face encounter with something you don't want to face. It's your resistance against truth. Against reality. Against the very truth that would liberate you if you would only face it. Suffering is nature's attempt to help us face illusions we don't even suspect we harbour......

Most people claim they want a cure, but what they really want is a painkiller. They want relief from the pressure: 'Give me back my health, my good looks, my youth.' They don't really want to escape the kindergarten of life, the baby playpen. All they want is someone to repair their broken toys."
~ J. Francis Stroud, S.J. in Praying Naked: The spirituality of Anthony de Mello

3 comments:

Heidi Renee said...

PSFD!

:P you nailed me woman!

Anonymous said...

I guess that's why, at Bethesda pool, Jesus asked the man who'd been disabled for 38 years "Do you want to be healed?" Actually, this phrase has been floating around my brain for a few days now. How timely to read what you quoted, Hope. Thanks for that. More to chew on.....

Mich

beth said...

Wow.

I'm going to share this...