There was a man who was feeling very poorly, so he went to the clinic for a complete checkup.  When it was all over, his wife asked what the doctors had decided was the problem.  “I really don’t know,” replied the man.  “They wouldn’t tell me a thing.  But I  did eavesdrop a little, and I heard one of them say something I can’t quote figure out.  He said they’d find out for sure at the autopsy!”

Source Dennis R. Clark, Sunday Morning, Reflections on the Word


  • “I do not believe that sheer suf­fering teaches. If suffering alone taught, then all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness and the willingness to remain vulnerable. All these and other factors combined, if the circumstances are right can teach and can lead to rebirth” | Anne Morrow LindberghHour of Gold, Hour of Lead
  • Not all news is good news. Bad things do happen to good people. Sooner or later every heart gets broken. And even the youngest and tiniest among us know what big hurts feel like.
  • How do we respond to the hurts and losses that stab out hearts?  One creative way is to receive them without fear, naming them with eyes wide open, taking them in, not running away, but walking through them. As we do that, we find that tucked in right next to the hurts is a source of  life, a seed of fresh possibility.

Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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