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On Suffering

September 15, 2015 by  
Filed under Blessings, Dan Burke, Suffering

On Suffering

LasLagrimasDeSanPedro(TearsOfStPeter)DiegoVelazquezIf I have not been in pain, He has not relieved me.
If I have not been sad, He has not lifted my heart to heaven.
If I have not been reviled, He has not comforted me.
If I have not been abandoned, He has not come to me.
If I have not been broken, He has not healed me.
If I have not been lost, He has not shown me the way.
If I have not been in sin, He has not redeemed me.
If I have not been without a friend, He has not walked beside me.
If I have not mourned, He has not comforted me.
If I have not been betrayed, He has not restored me.
If I have not been in chains, He has not set me free.
If I have not wept, He has not dried my tears.
If I have not been in the depths of darkness, He has not brought me into the Light.
If I have not suffered, I have not known Him.


Art for this post “On Suffering”: Las lágrimas de San Pedro (The Tears of Saint Peter), Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), unknown date, PD-US, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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