In the final analysis, we are, each and all of us, lepers — waiting to be kissed, yearning to dance with joy. God’s accomplishment of this in us, entering into and working through our sorrows and sufferings, is the gift of what Ignatius called the ‘Contemplatio,’ the hope of faith fulfilled, mor by us, but by God. Precisely by living in and going through our sufferings, we can in fact enter into joy — perhaps a quiet joy, but nevertheless real. The final hope of Christian faith is that this reality, the reality of joy born of suffering, may become good news for all the suffering world.

– Paul G. Crowley,S.J., Unwanted Wisdom (2005)

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