We do theology as wounded people, sometimes because of our wounds. No one can go through life without getting wounded. No human soul leaves without wounds, humiliations, experiences of injustice and rejection. We all carry wounds.

“Our deepest wound is the fact that we do not want to be healed… [We] are afraid to be touched by God. God could upset our lives, plans and projects. Healing can be painful… Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, remarked that most of us have no idea who we could be if we surrendered totally to God.

“God wants to heal our wounds without making them magically disappear. The wounds are still there, life the wounds of the risen Lord. But they might become origins of growth and springs of new life. We do theology not because of hope in a magically liberated sorrow-free and happy life. We do theology because we hope that wounds may be the source of strength, that the cross may be the source of new life. That is why we need to be aware of our needs, and we need to see the wounds of our people.

– Clemens Sedmak, Doing Local Theology

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