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Fairfield County Catholic Cemeteries of the Diocese of Bridgeport

March 15, 2024

“Don’t be afraid to let emotional pain into consciousness. That is the only way to identify and heal it. Otherwise, it will come out as anger, depression, despair or purposelessness. Embracing the pain, naming it and accepting it is, ironically, exactly what takes the teeth out of it.”
—Sr. Joan Chittister

An older couple walkingIn her book “Songs of the Heart: Reflections on the Psalms,” Sister Joan Chittister offers a commentary on Psalm 23, perhaps the best known of the Psalms, which says, “Though I walk in the valley of darkness, no evil do I fear. Your rod and staff comfort me.”

Chittister wrote: “There are some kinds of pain that cannot be taken away in life. Loss. Hurt. Rejection. Disability. But those who enter into the pain of another know what it is to talk about the love of a God who does not change the circumstances that form us, but walks through them with us every step of the way.

“Pain is that dimension of human life that calls us both to give and to be able to receive the sometimes awkward, often incomplete but always healing care that those who simply sit with those who hurt, forever bring….To go down into pain with another person breaks open the heart of the God who looks among us always for the face most like God’s own….

“Comfort is a small and tender thing. All it takes is regular presence, patient listening and genuine concern. Maybe that’s why there is so little of it in the world. It demands that we go out of ourselves to the other in ways that advantage us not a whit. In fact, comfort is an expensive thing.”


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