Saturday, November 29, 2014

The birthplace of joy

“I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted until I slowly discovered that my interruptions were my work.”

"That is the great conversion in our life: to recognize and believe that the many unplanned events are not just disturbing interruptions of our projects but the way in which God molds our hearts and prepares us for his return.  

Our great temptations are boredom and bitterness. When our good plans are interrupted by poor weather, our peace of mind by inner turmoil our hope for peace by a new war, our desire for a stable government by a constant changing of the guards and our desire for immortality by real death, we are tempted to give in to a paralyzing boredom or a to strike back in destructive bitterness. 

But when we believe that patience can make our expectations grow, then fate can be converted into a vocation, wounds into a call for deeper understanding, and sadness into a birthplace of joy."  Henri Nouwen

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