I wish I knew how to create an environment where young people with dark thoughts feel like they can talk them over with people who can help them. How much violence could we prevent is we were more open and young people felt they could trust us? How much pain could we soothe if young people who have experienced abuse felt they could tell us about it?
The last two weeks have been very painful for me. My old back injury has been giving me big problems. When I wake up in the morning, I can barely stand. It feels like an internal hydraulic press is dragging my body into a standing contortion that is excruciating.
I have always thought that pain was just part of my condition as a mortal, part of my schooling as a disciple, and part of the test that life is meant to be. I’ve also thought of pain as a message and a diagnostic tool. We know what is wrong by where and how it hurts.