|POPE FRANCIS BLESSES A SICK MAN AFTER HIS GENERAL AUDIENCE IN ST. PETER'S SQUARE|
NOVEMBER 20, 2013
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"The struggle between a closed religion and an open one is the struggle of many people. A closed religion accentuates rituals and dogmas - it gives a form of security. An open religion accentuates love for people, and implies a certain insecurity and vulnerability."
--Jean Vanier, from a letter dated September 27, 2008 to Canadian journalist Ian Walker
"It costs so much to be a full human being that there are very few who have the enlightenment, or the courage, to pay the price…One has to abandon altogether the search for security, and reach out to the risk of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to count doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict, but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying."
--Morris L. West, The Shoes of the Fisherman
"The cruelest response to suffering is the attempt to explain it away, to tell the one who suffers 'This is why this is happening. I'm sorry that you can't see the answer, but it's clear to me.' "
--Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete, God at the Ritz, from the chapter “Co-Suffering”
|COUPLE KISSING, GIRL STARING AT CAMERA, TORTILLA FACTORY|
GARRY WINOGRAND, 1969