Page 18 : Readers Share

Acceptance of Suffering

Suffering accepted with love is an all embracing love.
Suffering accepted with joy is a joyful service.
Suffering accepted with peace is a peaceful existence.
Suffering accepted with serenity is spreading of fragrance.
Suffering accepted with gratitude is a gift.
Suffering accepted with submissiveness is the fulfilment of God’s design.
Suffering accepted with prayer is an offering.
Suffering accepted with gladness is a good news.
Suffering accepted with hope is life-giving.
Suffering accepted with a smile is sunshine.
Suffering accepted in silence is power.
Suffering accepted with courage is strength.
Suffering accepted with optimism is a road to recovery.
Suffering accepted with faith is healing.

— Mini Chettayil, Kolkata


Mother

Mother She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to her children, who ate with eagerness. “She hath kept none for herself,” grumbled the sergeant.
“Because she is not hungry,” said a soldier.
“No,” said the sergeant, “because she is a mother.”

— Victor Hugo