The Difficult Journey

Everyone experiences heartbreak;
everyone is in need of tenderness and compassion.
At some point in our lives,
we all have to face the difficult journey
of coming to terms with feelings
of rejection and humiliation and fear.
These very real and very painful feelings,
in time and in prayer,
become an authentic path
from despair to hope.
Tragedies and disasters become
places of courage, of perseverance,
places where we learn to plumb
the depths of our inner life, our true essence,
and are able, by God’s grace,
to move from rejection and terror
to healing and hope.
Love grows from that deep-rooted pain
within the universe
where God is present,
and ever-willing to embrace us and bless us.

“My God, you are my hope; you the glory; you the joy; you my blessedness. You are the thirst of my spirit; you the life of my soul, you the jubilation of my heart. Where above you could my wonder lead me, my God? You are the beginning and the consummation of all the good, and in you all those who are glad, have, as it were, a dwelling place together. You are the praise in my heart and mouth. You glow altogether red in the spring-like loveliness of the festival of your love. May your most outstanding divinity magnify and glorify you because you are the source of light and the fountain of life forever.”

 –St. Gertrude of Helfta

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2 Responses to “The Difficult Journey”


  1. 1 Joan Krebs February 16, 2011 at 6:10 am

    Gerry, your reflection recalled a really favorite piece from St. Paul: “When I am weak, THEN I am strong.” Thank you for that.

  2. 2 defh6 February 18, 2011 at 12:55 pm

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