Paradoxes of Life

04 Jan

In my spiritual reading this evening, I came across this statement.  I thought it particularly interesting and it most definitely stuck out to me.  I am currently reading A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life: Welcoming the Soul and Weaving Community in a Wounded World by Parker J. Palmer.  It was a book that I had from a class that I took in college.

The deeper our faith, the more doubt we must endure; the deeper our hope, the more prone we are to despair; the deeper our love, the more pain its loss will bring: these are a few of the paradoxes we must hold as human beings.  If we refuse to hold them in hopes of living without doubt, despair, and pain, we also find ourselves living without faith, hope, and love.

I am not sure about the rest of you, but this is something I see a lot of in my life.  The closer I have been getting to what I have discerned thus far to be where God wants me to be, the harder it gets to really believe that it could be true.  The first paradox is the one that really hits me the most.  Doubt is a cruel things and it lurks everywhere in the world.  Satan does not want us in God’s army and he is willing to do whatever it takes to get you away.  Doubt leaves many people with unrealized dreams that God has given.  I always am praying that as my faith grows and develops in this formation process, the doubt does not increase with it, or that I am able to withstand it. 

What does that quote mean to you? Did it strike you in any way?


Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Inner Reflection


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2 responses to “Paradoxes of Life

  1. Vita Consecrata

    January 5, 2011 at 8:36 am

    that’s an awesome quote and so true…i especially love the last line. it’s important to remember that without the struggles we endure in life, we wouldn’t have half the relationship we have with our Savior as we do now.

  2. Ash

    January 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Agreed. Also, asI read it again, I see something else within the last line of the quote. We have to know that these paradoxes exist. Like it says, by refusing them we are choosing to live with the pain and struggles. It is so true, we must hold hope for the best that God can give us, so that we do not get stuck in the worse that the devil can give us.


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