July 30: Is All Human Suffering The Same Suffering?

Grateful to WT for sending me the Joyce Kilmer poem “Prayer of a Soldier in France,” I’m sharing on my own blog the piece which the poem inspired me to write, as it was published on Agnellus Mirror. The Mirror’s daily reflections are a wonderful source for inspiration! To read Kilmer’s moving poem, written before he was killed in World War I, go to Agnellus Mirror for the July 30 reflection, “100 years ago today.” For more on Joyce Kilmer, check out this link: https://www.warmemorial.columbia.edu/alfred-joyce-kilmer

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Strasbourg Cathedral: the risen Christ brings Adam and Eve out of Hell to Paradise.

Is all human suffering the same suffering

the suffering of God who is a Man?

Did he not exist before all of us?

Did he not live in the unfathomable joy

of endless, ceaseless, divine

love, so resplendent that it brought forth galaxies

of stars and blue and green planets

teeming with flowering, fluttering, soaring life?

And when the great joy of his creation, so wondrously beloved,

became the great pain of its falling – just in a moment

slipped

from his grasp of tender love – seeing it, feeling it, sensing it collapse

in the misery of mistakes immeasurable and immutable,

with agony as immense as the ecstasy

that rushed the universe into being, then infinity was cut through

with the loss of its loveliest part,

the part given freely and generously in

hopeful…

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