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Also, many Protestants have asked me to put them on this ping list. I have gladly done so, and will add your name also if you FReepmail me. I reassure you that will not get all the Catholic pings.
Let’s see; no “idle talk” and no “inane silliness”. I might as well just give it all up and become an engineer.
“Sorrow works in two ways: it is like water because it quenches all the fire of passion with tears and washes the soul clean of stains, and it is like a fire which gives life by the presence of the Holy Spirit. It kindles, blazes up, and warms the heart, and inflames it with love and desire for God.”
+Symeon the New Theologian
The apostle Paul was one of the few who actively sought after "the fellowship of his sufferings", not as a means of attaining a false righteousness, but so he could also experience the "power" of the ressurrection of the Lord. I want that too, as well as all the fellowship with him that I can get.
I'm not a Catholic, but I admire the tradition within the Catholic Church that is willing to look deeply into this particular aspect of our walk with and imitation of Christ.