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Century Marks

Heart of the matter: “Why do we persist in trying to ‘solve’ problems with violence, despite the fact that violence threatens our survival?” asks Parker J. Palmer. We resort to violence when we don’t know what to do with our suffering, he says, and he points to the U.S. response to 9/11 as a prime example. Suffering can be life-giving if our hearts are broken open so that we then have the capacity to empathize with others’ suffering. To reach that point we must honestly name our suffering, feel it fully and then allow the turmoil to settle and an inner quietude to emerge so God can help us find our way through (Weavings, March/April).


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