By Sister M. Martha Pavelsky, MHSH
The Paschal mystery? We live it daily, dying and rising in every dimension of our lives. That’s hard enough. Even more difficult is watching others struggle through the process. How can they go on, we marvel, people raising a child with both mental and physical illness? Chronically depressed people who lose their jobs and have no hope of finding another?
Recently I saw “Silver Linings Playbook,” a movie about bipolar disorder and its effects in one man’s life. Dying and rising were all over the place, as you might imagine. It’s a movie, so maybe I was foolish to hope for insight: it concluded with a trite “love conquers all” solution.
In the longest run, that’s true, I believe. In all the shorter runs, not so much.
And yet…What I see in the devotion of parents to their afflicted child is not a solution to a problem, but a steady, deep-down growth in fidelity and tenacious commitment to one another and to the family they’ve brought into being.
There is no easy answer, but I glimpse the shine of silver through their struggle.
Who and how are you becoming as a result of it?