All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain…
Rev. Katie’s Animas View
Franciscan spiritual leader Richard Rohr wrote, “By trying to handle all suffering through willpower, denial, medication, or even therapy, we have forgotten something that should be obvious: we do not handle suffering; suffering handles us in deep and mysterious ways that ironically become the very matrix of life. Suffering—and sometimes awe—has the most power to lead us into genuinely new experiences.”
I don’t think Rohr means that we shouldn’t do therapy, or take our prescribed medication, but that suffering itself is a teacher for spiritual awakening. In Buddhism, dukkha (suffering) exists, it is the true nature of existence.
I have found that having time, and space, and willingness to be with my pain can be a beautiful gift, and can open up places of beauty (not only in nature but in humanity) that I might never have seen had I let denial lead the way. The act of “being with” pain can be transformational.
July services are being posted this week. The home page of the website has the most recent service that has been made ready to view. Here it is.
We complete the Summer Series by welcoming member and local emergency room physician Jarrad Maiers as our pulpit guest. He’ll be speaking about how we’ve managed our collective trauma through this pandemic year. Bring your own beverage for coffee hour on the patio.
If you would like to join us online, you are welcome to logon here.
Always in the Love,
The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris