Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Maybe it is a mistake to regard as gifts only those things that are generally considered in a positive light: the ability to write a story or a poem, the ability to play a musical instrument, the capacity to understand physics, the ability to run fast, the ability to paint or teach, etc. Mere life is a gift, the fact of existence. That being true, then every element of life ought to be a gift: illness, sorrow, pain, hardship, making mistakes, being the victim of mistakes. We call these trials, or evils, and we generally don't regard them as gifts. However, viewed as gifts, they can easily become the means to perfection, they can be conduits of grace. I think that is the intention.