Normal ingredients in life

Cardinal Avery Dulles

“Suffering and diminishment are not the greatest of evils, but are normal ingredients in life, especially in old age.  They are to be accepted as elements of a full human existence . . . As I become increasingly paralyzed and unable to speak, I can identify with the  many paralytics and mute persons in the Gospel . .  If the Lord now calls me to a period of weakness, I know well that his power can be made perfect in infirmity.  “Blessed be the name of the Lord!'” (Avery Dulles, S.J., 39th McGinley Lecture, April 1, 2008.)