Reflections on “Those Who Mourn”

“Blessed are those who mourn” is, paradoxically, a more necessary message than

“Rejoice in the Lord always,” because there can be no true rejoicing until we

have stopped running away from mourning.

– Simon Tugwell, The Beatitudes

 

The disciples bear the suffering laid on them only by the power of Him who

bears all suffering on the Cross. As bearers of suffering, they stand in

communion with the crucified. They stand as strangers in the power of Him

who was so alien to the world that it crucified Him. This is their comfort, or

rather He is their comfort, their comforter…This alien community is comforted

by the cross.

– Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship

 

Every suffering can be blessed because it hollows out a place in us for God and

His comfort, which is infinite Joy.

– Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

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