Never waste suffering – Part II: The reflection

Author’s note: It might be helpful, if you haven’t already, to read Never waste suffering: Part I: The narrative so you know the story of what happened.

Archbishop Hughes visited me while I was injured and in bed on two occasions. On each visit, he offered some advice that stuck in my head:

It is important that we never waste suffering.


You have been given a gift to participate in the sufferings of Christ and the Paschal Mystery. Those mysteries that we enter into symbolically in the Triduum, you are actually experiencing.

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Scene from an abortion clinic

I received this as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign this is going on this year. One of the professors here at the seminary has been praying outside one of the local abortion clinics for years, and he shared this story with our seminary community. Since, before entering the seminary, I spent such a long time working with teenagers, it truly struck a chord with me. Sadly, I could picture many of my kids in this story. It’s not that I think any of them are bad or even make bad decisions, but I constantly wonder if we, as the adults, have shown the kind of support they would need in this sort of situation to find the strength—both in themselves and in Christ—to get through what I have little doubt would be among the most frightening and difficult experiences of their lives. Continue reading “Scene from an abortion clinic”

The greatest ending in all of literature

Many people opine the great openings in literature. Some point to Melville’s somewhat enigmatic, “Call me Ishmael.” Others consistently cite Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” I don’t want to go through that list because it has been done enough. I am of the opinion, however, that great endings have not been given their due. I don’t necessarily mean a wonderful conclusion to a plot but that artistic flair that makes a great story into great literature. Here, I’m going to tell you mine. You tell me yours in the comments. Continue reading “The greatest ending in all of literature”

A Poem from St. Thérèse of Lisieux – To Live of Love

St. Therese

This is a poem written by St. Thérèse. I first found it in a book I am reading, Maurice and Thérèse that chronicles a relationship in letters between the saint in her last years with a young seminarian who had written to Carmel asking for a sister to be devoted to praying for him. I highly recommend the book. Continue reading “A Poem from St. Thérèse of Lisieux – To Live of Love”