From animals … to family portrait … to Meanwhile in Vancouver … to In Other Words … to It’s been a long week … to Lens Artist … to Sunday Snippet … to Mental Health, I managed to maintain a structure in my mind that is constantly swirling with thoughts. I may have to continue this formula for now to retrain the behavior of my brain. This is what I learned for the month of January of blogging.
For the past thirteen days, I shared mostly the state of mental illness not so much about me but in general. Maybe, just maybe, I will able to write what most people would like to read the scary part. It scares me, too.
For those readers who shared their “reflections” (comments) on my post, they are valuable lessons. They mean so much to me. Thank you.
For now, I want to leave these quotes of people before me that were instrumental for me in finding strength, hope, and faith who suffered. Nothing is wasted in suffering.
Pain and suffering have come into your life, but remember pain, sorrow, suffering are but the kiss of Jesus — a sign that you have come so close to Him that He can kiss you. St. Teresa of Calcutta
I want to suffer and even rejoice for love, for this is my way of scattering flowers. Never a flower shall I find but its petals shall be scattered for you, and all the while I will sing; yes, always sing, even when gathering roses in the midst of thorns; and the longer and sharper the thorns may be, the sweeter shall be my song!”
St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul
I do not know what will happen to me; I only know one thing for certain, that the Lord will never fall short of His promises. “Do not fear, I will make you suffer, but I will also give you the strength to suffer,” Jesus tells me continually. “I want your soul to be purified and tried by a daily hidden martyrdom”. . .”How many times,” Jesus said to me a little while ago, “would you have abandoned me, my son, if I had not crucified you.” St. Pio of Pietrelcina
“One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much, more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer.” St. Teresa of Avila