Tag: suffering

  • Amid the Cold of Winter

    Amid the Cold of Winter

    Thoughts on the gifts of cold, darkness, and suffering.

  • Widows Speak Up

    Widows Speak Up

    We widows and other bereaved folks who cannot get past our losses fear being unhappy the rest of our lives.

  • Healing


    I am ill because of wounds to the soul.

  • I Have No Idea Where I Am Going

    I Have No Idea Where I Am Going

    “I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death…”

  • Doing the Work

    Doing the Work

    Life isn’t fair and there is no observable grand scheme for rewarding good and punishing evil in the temporal world. Those who are good, generous, and even innocent can and do suffer beyond measure.

  • The Affliction of the Soul

    The Affliction of the Soul

    The beginning of anything new portends eventual difficulty for the pilgrim. We begin with hope but often lose it along the way, for what begins with romance inevitably ends with reality.

  • In Case of Emergency

    When an emergency occurs or we are given terrible news, or something in our world shifts to threaten our survival, we find ourselves plummeting from zenith to nadir in short order.

  • Suffering the Opposites

    Even Christ learned obedience through the things he suffered. Buddha said, “Life is suffering.” We do not pass Go and collect our $200 until we have suffered.

  • Light for the Dark Path

    All one can do is to deepen his ability to perceive, sticking with the symbols and images that are the language of the unconscious. We need art and music, poetry, literature and film, all that evokes the beauty, terror, dread, doubt and ecstasy of descent. They are light for the dark path.

  • Things My Mother Didn’t Tell Me

    Yesterday we had our classics book club meeting, and the talk turned to some unhappiness one of our members was experiencing with her husband. Of course, we all commiserated; most women in her shoes would feel similar frustrations, given her circumstances. And then one of our members, a middle-aged woman whose children are raised and…

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