Suffering teaches? My bad.

This Benedictine at Saint Paul’s Outside the Walls – the last of the four Major Basilicas in Rome that I’ll be able to visit this time around – was born the same year as my own dad, 1924. I was born late in his life.

I sat down with him for a visit and I found out he had suffered quite a bit in his life. I very stupidly repeated a platitude to him. Don’t do that with wise people unless you’re willing to be humiliated.

  • Me: Suffering teaches a lot.
  • Him: Pfft. No. God teaches a lot.

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3 responses to “Suffering teaches? My bad.

  1. Gina Nakagawa

    What a beautiful attitude this man possesses. The photograph is an inspiration. Thank you for all you do for us, Father.

  2. elizdelphi

    LOL, that is great. It is true. Some people “learn” to be bitter, self-pitying, self destructive from suffering.

  3. elizdelphi

    I told my book study friends tonight your conversation with this Benedictine. We were talking about something St Teresa said about how she would gladly suffer lots more trials in life in order to obtain even a small amount greater glory in heaven, and someone was reflecting about whether suffering is ever “good”.

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