Tuesday, October 10, 2006

more words for community living

"as long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another, because this love is the resetting of a Body of broken bones. even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish, without some pain at the differences that come between them. there are two things that men can do about the pain of disunion with other men. they can love or they can hate. hatred recoils from the sacrifice and the sorrow that are the price of this resetting of bones. it refuses the pain of reunion."

thomas merton

lord, help us to love.

3 comments:

billy said...

Jody,

Wow.....this is incredible stuff, the fruit of a lifetime of faithful prayer, reflection, and engagement.....I don't think that this one is ever going to leave me-thanks so much for sharing Jody, it definitely helps me to understand my life a little better.

lisa g said...

These are some of the best words on love and community I've ever read. Thanks Jodie.

geoff said...

i have to agree with billy and lis here....what a stunning image...resetting broken bones. it is a so close to home that i can feel the ache right now.

thanks jodester.