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Blessings in Disguise

The saints have taught me how to view suffering.

By: Teresa Tomeo

Blessings in Disguise: The saints have taught me how to view suffering. by Teresa Tomeo

“All sunshine makes a desert.” It was an old Arab proverb, according to the instructor of a Bible study I attended shortly after returning to the Catholic Church more than twenty years ago. I remember being struck by her words as she proceeded to discuss the topic of suffering. I could definitely identify with the proverb’s meaning.

We don’t really learn or grow if we don’t experience some sort of discomfort. And yet, when we are in the midst of the pruning, the stretching,...

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