“The reality of our own suffering and that of others does not so much call for debate, but for prayerful reflection and radical identification. God’s suffering for us and the suffering that continues in our world calls us to silence and to grieving. And out of the great silence that may grow within our being, we are called to ‘carry’ the suffering ones with tears to the throne of God. And having carried them there, we may wash their feet and anoint their heads with oil.

Charles Ringma

Professor: Regent College, Vancouver; Asian Theological Seminary, Manila; The University of Queensland, Brisbane. The author of Seek the Silences with Thomas Merton (SPCK) and Hear the        Heart Beat with Henri Nouwen (SPCK), his forthcoming book is Hear the Ancient Wisdom

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