Day 22 – Forty Days with Thomas Merton

Day 22

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.

—Thomas Merton

Today:

In the Garden Jesus experienced pain, so much so one Gospel account tells us he sweat blood. What enabled him to go down the Via del Rosa and onto Golgatha was the fact that he let go of his resistence. “Not my will, but yours be done.”

There is a belief about suffering that is expressed in an algebraic equation: SUFFERING = PAIN X RESISTENCE. The more we resist the pain, the more we suffer. The pain remains constant, but the suffering is in direct proportion to how much we internally scream, “NO!” Think of the pain you were in most recently, or the pain you’re in right now. Consider how much less suffering you might experience once you allow your internal self to accept or enter into the non-resistence of the pain… to let go of your internal “NO!”

+Ed Jansen, OSB

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