Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Suffering as the teacher

I think what [George] Herbert is getting at (Hopkins* is marvellous at this, too) is that our suffering is the terrible and only teacher—Kierkegaard said famously suffering is the characteristic of God’s love—and I think everyone senses that failure and brokenness and loneliness cause us to perceive us as God might, as naked and ignorant and blind. Our suffering may be the real form love takes, but we also know that at the end of it waits infinite peace and radiance, that has been my experience anyway. Why things are arranged this way, who knows—pretty soon we are all going to find out.

Poet Franz Wright in an interview with Ernest Hilbert entitled, The Secret Glory.

*Gerard Manley Hopkins

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