Secret Garden – Sometimes when it rains… 

The album ”Earthsongs”(2005)

There is the mystery of our suffering and yet let’s think about it: when we have pain, a crisis, when there is even a tragedy, it brings us to the greatest simplicity. It brings us to our roots.

Suddenly, we have an entirely new perspective.

Is this not one major explanation for suffering?

What seemed so important is no longer important, and what seemed like a “given” (such as health) is no longer taken for granted.

We recognize anew that all is grace.

The clutter of life is swept away by suffering. It cleanses us. It makes our pleas to God more direct (and intense). It reduces pride, which is extremely important. It strips away pretense. It brings us to our essence (which is naked before the Lord, if truly we are before Him).

The same is true of tears.

What is crying? Why do we weep?

We see the supernatural link to suffering.

Crying brings us to our very core. It is the simplest and yet most profound expression of emotions. We cry when we are sad or suffering or when we are happy beyond the ability to express it.

Like suffering, crying is often a close contact with God and there are even those who have the “gift of tears“: a welling of the eyes at spiritual moments.

Crying is a gift because it cleanses. It empties us. It clears away everything that is usually so “important” and replaces it with an emotion that brings the spirit to the forefront and calls out to the Lord.

It is an overflow of emotion. It is an outpouring. This can happen when a person is overwhelmed by the nearness of the Lord. There is a welling of love that comes from the deepest founts of the spirit.

We note of course that in the majority of statue miracles, it is Mary weeping.

Is this sadness for the state of the world; a simple manifestation of the Holy Spirit (as in the gift of tears); or both?

Ordinary tears cleanse the eyes.

Tears of grace (and suffering) cleanse the spirit.

They are a fount. They soften. They are a purification. Noted an astute commentator on this very topic: “”The Spirit allots to each one individually (as Paul said) just as the Spirit chooses. One of my spiritual mentors, a renowned Benedictine monk, had taught me that there were three rules for the Christian life:

Don’t fuss

Love God

Don’t fuss

“I learned the second one by the age of nine when I heard my call to the priesthood and said ‘Yes’. The other two I am still learning!” As for the oddity of crying, and how others may react: “Openness to the Holy Spirit was of paramount importance to me,” he said, “while at the same time I hoped to avoid getting into a fuss because His actions didn’t tally with the expectations of those around me.”

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Be sure to check out my eBook… you may download some free chapters to explore that may help you find some insightful answers A Journey of Faith

Can one master all of these questions? I’m unsure, but I’m aware that being honest with oneself and asking questions in critical moments is a good step in living a life from the inside out.

I’ll return with much more insightful content. Until then, please feel free to contact me with any advice, criticism, feedback at admin@insideoutmagazine.org or via Twitter at @jamh123. I gladly welcome it!

May you always find peace.

Bertie

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