Sunny Days in Heaven
Spiritual/Political/Philosophical Blog on the Nature of Truth and Falsehood and Heaven

Tuesday, April 19, 2005  

My kind of guy

Today what people have in view is eliminating suffering from the world. For the individual, that means avoiding pain and suffering in whatever way. Yet we must also see that it is in this very way that the world becomes very hard and very cold. Pain is part of being human. Anyone who really wanted to get rid of suffering would have to get rid of love before anything else, because there can be no love without suffering, because it always demands an element of self-sacrifice, because, given temperamental differences and the drama of situations, it will always bring with it renunciation and pain.

--- The Question of Suffering, the Response of the Cross | By Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger -- Via The Corner

I bear witness to the deep truth of the statement above. It is a pure and shining truth about mortal man. I pity those people (and they are legion) who refuse to grasp that sublime fact. It makes for a very hard and cold world, indeed.

posted by Mark Butterworth | 2:18 PM |