July 14, 2022

One of the characters in the novel, The Secret Life of Bees is May, who suffers from chronic depression when faced with bad news. She deals with such news by writing a message and placing it in her ‘wailing wall’ cracks. A tender, loving person, she takes on the troubles and difficulties that have come to her attention. Problems encountered seem to embed into her very soul. We, too, react when the news is so bad. The suffering of others is so great that we also take it in. Their burdens are heavy. When we join in their suffering either in person or through a vicarious expedient, we are surely ‘a part of all that [we] have met’ (Tennyson’s Ulysses).

When overwhelmed with such pain, we implore, bargain, and beg for help. The poet William Wordsworth laments, ‘The world is too much for us.’ We cry out, joining the painful voice of Psalm 13: ‘How long must I carry sorrow in my soul, grief in my heart day after day?’ Oh, the supreme pain drowns us in sorrow. Where and what do we turn to for relief? It is not by setting aside our burdens, our yoke, but rather working with the strength of Jesus to bring his comfort to everyone in need.

Jesus calls us to come to him to rest. How personal and definite Jesus is. Come to me. We have heard Jesus refer to himself in definitive terms: ‘I am the way; I am the light of the World; I am the bread of life.’ There’s comfort for you. Our loving savior, in these tender moments, calls us to himself. In fact, we have been called from the very beginning. God calls, ‘You shall be my people, and I will be your God.’ Turn around.


God’s voice in the wind; I put on a warmer coat. It is not enough.


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About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.