Love and the Pain of Leaving


A beautiful quote from Henry Nouwen that was shared with us

“Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart. Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.”

3 thoughts on “Love and the Pain of Leaving

  1. Thanks for this.
    Today Feast of The Immaculate Conception:
    Nadine stars her Applicancy with Madonna House
    And Mathieu his Noviciate.
    Hey and we became Godparents to a little boy, who about a month ago, the doctors we saying that he might not live. There was a lot of pressure to abort..


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