Sunday, January 25, 2009

Writer suggests pain contributes to maturity

Today, the Alive on the Edge blog posts a 2006 column that appears on the Western Catholic Reporter and the Tidings Online sites, written by Fr. Ron Rolheiser. The original piece, "Let the pain take you where you need to go" or "Growth through dark nights" addresses "positive disintegration," the paradox that "we mostly grow by falling apart." Rolheiser references James Hillman and Thomas Moore. He writes, "Thomas Moore, in a recent book, Dark Nights of the Soul, offers this advice to anyone undergoing this crisis of soul: 'Care rather than cure. Organize your life to support the process. You are incubating your soul, not living a heroic adventure...'" Barque reported the original column on 8 December 2006.

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