MY MINISTRY RADICALLY CHANGED when I realized that what we call our negative sides — anger, anxiety, complaining, criticizing, procrastinating, controlling, and so on — are usually deep inner cries for help. Perhaps they are cries from early childhood, rising from emotional wounds that never healed. We were told so often to get over them, rise above them, forgive and forget, concentrate on the positive, that we thrust down these unhealed wounds below our conscious level.
But wounds do not just go away. If unhealed, they cry like abandoned children in the dark, forgotten places within us. The only way they can make their presence felt is through our negative attitudes, our addictive escapes, all symptoms of pain.
– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need
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Pray for those who are recovering from being wounded. Share your thoughts.
But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
Luke 14:13, NRSV
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This week we remember: Rose of Lima (August 23).
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