April 22, 2019
by Robert Thrower (author's profile)


all men and women are to each other the limbs of a single body. each of us drawn from life's shimmering essence. God's perfect pearl; and when this life we share wounds one of us, all share the hurt, as if it were our own. you, woh will not feel another's pain. you forfeit the right to be called human.

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FatherJohn Posted 2 months, 4 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 1 month, 2 weeks ago   Favorite

This is a beautiful thought. I can tell you I read it many times before typing this reply.

Some people think that being human is a "right," while others believe it is an "obligation." In either case, to be human is to be born in creation from our higher power. Those with a body and a soul are no doubt human.

So this is my take (they say like some things everyone has an opinion). Consider perhaps we forfeit the right to be "holy," or "sanctified." or "justified," or "righteous," or "divine'" or even "Christian, Muslim, or Unitarian." All these things can be denied or refused while we remain fully human.

Nevertheless....good work!

I remain,
John Pfister
April 25, 2019

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FatherJohn Posted 1 month, 3 weeks ago. ✓ Mailed 1 month, 2 weeks ago   Favorite

We can wish (or hope and pray) for more than mere humanness. For there are human qualities of our heart (or soul) that we need to overcome to me more than human. Examples are: bitterness, hate, selfishness, bias, power-hungry, jealousy, envy,. encouraging evil, etc.

To become more than human, a person uses God's gifts to overcome our very own human nature. Examples include: Mercy, love, forgiveness, making peace, charity, and so forth.

The frustration of suffering because of another human's embracement of their human characteristics (being prone to sin) is difficult and heart-braking. Grace might open a human to seeing the error of their ways...but one must be open to that.

Indeed, for the suffering, prayer is the only possible answer. Wishing will not get you there. But begging God to bless and change that person's heart, even if that human stubbornly refuses, will still bring some meaning to your suffering.

My Christian tradition tells me to join my suffering to the suffering that God did on the Cross for all humanity. I find meaning there...but other traditions have equally valuable ways of seeing meaning in what humans do to each other.

Take peace for yourself brother,

May 31, 2019

John Pfister

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