27 January 2008

Broken Bones of the Soul

As long as we are on earth, the love that unites us will bring us suffering by our very contact with one another because this love is the resetting of a body of broken bones. (Even saints cannot live with saints on this earth without some anguish, without some pain at the difference that comes between them.)
There are two things that men can do about the pain of disunion with other men - they can love or they can hate. Hatred recoils from the sacrafice and the sorrow that are the price of resetting the bones - it refuses the pain of reunion.

-Tho Merton

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