I try every day to meditate on Richard Rohr’s daily meditations.
Holding the Pain
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Don’t get rid of the pain until you’ve learned its lessons. When you hold the pain consciously and trust fully, you are in a very special liminal space. This is a great teaching moment where you have the possibility of breaking through to a deeper level of faith and consciousness. Hold the pain of being human until God transforms you through it. And then you will be an instrument of transformation for others.
As an example of holding the pain, picture Mary standing at the foot of the cross. Standing would not be the normal posture of a Jewish woman who is supposed to wail and lament and show pain externally. She’s holding the pain instead, as also symbolized in Michelangelo’s Pietà. Mary is in complete solidarity with the mystery of life and death. She’s trying to say, “There’s something deeper happening here. How can I absorb it just as Jesus is absorbing it, instead of returning it in kind?” Until you find a way to be a transformer, you will pass the pain onto others.
from: Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditation
Adapted from The Authority of Those Who Have Suffered (MP3 download)
Richard Rohr, OFM
Fr. Richard Rohr is a globally recognized ecumenical teacher bearing witness to the universal awakening within Christian mysticism and the Perennial Tradition. He is a Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province and founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Fr. Richard’s teaching is grounded in the Franciscan alternative orthodoxy—practices of contemplation and lived kenosis (self-emptying), expressing itself in radical compassion, particularly for the socially marginalized.
4 thoughts on “meditation on suffering”
Definitely worth reflecting on, Edgar – thank you.
I have a lot to learn in meditation. I’m a novice. Thank you Heather.
I think of Mary often now, in terms of a mother who has lost her son.
Sometimes we are required to do the impossible, and I pray He never asks this of me with my son.
I am so selfish, but I believe about transforming the pain we feel so that we don’t hand it over to others.
God give us the grace to heal when we’re so very wounded. Like Mary was. Like Jesus was.
I could not imagine Mary’s and Christ’s sufferings. Thank you for God’s grace.