Wednesdays, for whatever reason, have evolved (from my prior blog) into posts where I give you a good quote or bit of wit & wisdom from someone other than me.
So for today, I want to share an insight from St. Clare of Assisi (learn more about her here):
"Love that does not know of suffering is not worthy of the name."
How true is that statement? True, authentic, holy love can painfully, and wholly cause us suffering. Those we love the most also tend to be the ones who hurt us the most. What makes it true, authentic, and holy love, though, is getting past the suffering through prayer and the sacraments.
A father who gives up a dream job for a job that provides for his family - a suffering. A mother laboring for hours to give birth to a child - a suffering. Turning the other cheek when lashed with another's anger - a suffering.
We bear these sufferings, whole and entire, and as a result we learn to love more authentically. We learn to love in the way in which God called us to love.