The Word Among Us

Lent 2023 Issue

Steering into the Pain

Jesus’ Compassion Shows Us the Way to Healing

By: Fr. Gerard McGlone, SJ

Steering into the Pain: Jesus’ Compassion Shows Us the Way to Healing by Fr. Gerard McGlone, SJ

About a year ago, I was invited to speak to a group of middle school students in a Catholic school in Florida. The principal wanted me to talk with the students about what life had been like for them during the pandemic. She was aware that the children had been suffering tremendously from a lack of peer support and basic human contact during this time. Additionally, studies were beginning to suggest that the influence of social media was having seriously negative effects on young people post-COVID. So I was eager to see how these students were doing.

What I encountered in that school was startling. It was clear to me that many of the students were extremely anxious and discouraged. I...


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