FR. MURRAY BODO, OFM ON “THE HEALING POWER OF GOD”
Rarely do we realize the healing that is going on inside us. We do not notice it, because we mistake it for something else, we mistake it for evil. If we have learned to enter into prayer, then we see with new eyes and hear with new ears. And what we perceive is that what we previously thought was surely some scourge of Satan in our lives, is in fact the healing hand of God leading through the fire of suffering in order to purify and heal what only suffering can heal.
We never love the suffering, and it is not lessened by our new consciousness, but our faith is strengthened because we begin to see connections and patterns in our lives. We see that each new pain, each new difficulty leads us to a new level of maturity and healthy dependence on the God who loves us. Why this growth must come through suffering is a mystery, but we know that the mystery is somehow inseparably linked with the cross of Christ. Only one who has accepted the reality of that cross and its redemptive power can ever accept the fact that suffering is growth, that paralysis is movement on another level. Only in the mystery of the cross are T.S. Eliot’s line intelligible: “Suffering is action and action is suffering.”
Taken from: Murray Bodo, SONG OF THE SPARROW – Meditations and Poems to Pray by, Cincinnati, Ohio: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1976, pages 33-34.
A Christian Pilgrim