July 9, 2017

WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM PAIN?

To demand that others should provide you with answers is like asking a strange woman to give birth to your baby. There are insights that can be born only of your own pain, and they are most precious.
Janusz Korczak

“Come to me all who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. . . . ”
Matthew 11:30

In health care, you are assessed and evaluated constantly on your level of pain. Seldom are you asked: name your pain, describe it, draw a picture of it, give it a number, or name why you need it. Our culture uses all kinds of drugs to eliminate any or all of our pain. Our numbing process does not, however, address the need, does it? Most of the time, our way of dealing with pain of any kind is to escape, run, and take drugs. We fail to ask one another, “What have you learned from pain or what has pain to teach you? Has the face of the Incarnate Christ been revealed to you in this pain?”

No one person experiences pain the same way as another. And, the duration of each birthing process is specific to each person. We all know that joy and peace comes with the birth of new life (ideas, babies, changes, new ways of living, etc.) Franciscan Angela Filigno says, “all creation is pregnant with God.” God is present in our labor and birthing pains. Have we taken the time to allow the Holy One to be revealed in our birthing process, in our pain?

Take time to breathe deeply and allow God to reveal the Divine to you. Pray with the words of Joyce Rupp, “Help me to be attuned to the contractions of the spirit, to relax when I ought and push when I must . . . be by my side as I await this mysterious new life, still curled up inside my pregnant spirit. . . ”

Connie Probst, OSF
St. Louis Missouri
At the Edge of Tomorrow, LCWR

BISHOP SERRATELLI WILL BE CELEBRATING THE
10 AM MASS AT ST. PHILIP ON SUNDAY, JULY 16TH
ALL ARE INVITED TO ATTEND.

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS TO THE HOMEBOUND

If you bring communion to the homebound, please contact Barbara Salzer at 973-779-6200 or bsalzer@stphilip.org with the name of the person.

CARNIVAL NEWS

carnival
The Carnival Committee wishes to thank all workers and parishioners who helped at the 38th Annual Carnival.
There will be a Carnival Appreciation Night on Monday, July 17th at 7:00 PM in Marian Hall. Carnival results will be
reviewed followed by refreshments.

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