Darkness and Light: A Reflection on Good Friday

By Blog Editor

Kathy Coffey was recently featured in the March 2013 issue of St. Anthony Messenger.  Coffey writes about Good Friday, and the role that acknowledging suffering can play in Catholicism:

Many wise traditions know the importance of naming one’s loss or sorrow because suppressing it only makes it worse. Buddhist monk and author Thich Nhat Hanh suggests cradling our broken hearts as tenderly as we would a sick and crying child.

In a particularly Catholic way, an abstraction such as “suffering” is translated to tangible, visible word and gesture in the liturgy. Furthermore, it links our individual stories and struggles concretely, not just verbally, to the overarching story of Christ’s redemptive suffering.

To read the rest of “Darkness and Light: A Reflection on Good Friday,” visit the March issue of St. Anthony Messenger.

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