From Graphite to Diamonds

I need to do a better job of reblogging cool blog posts or talking about other cool blog posts. I mean, I read a lot of them! And sometimes it’s just nice to sip on some Mystic Monk coffee and catch up on reading. 🙂

A good acquaintance from my parish apparently has been in the hospital lately because he had a lung collapse and is potentially on the verge of having both lungs collapse. He has cystic fibrosis so it’s been particularly challenging for him having to deal with chronic lung issues. Please pray for him!

In his latest blog post he says, “Having spent 21 days in the hospital and only having left my room about 10 times in that span, I have had a LOT of time to think. If these thoughts seem a little ‘off the wall’ it’s because my main company for the past three weeks has been the four walls of my room.”

He then offers a brief yet profound reflection on Christ’s love for us in a way similar to how graphite becomes a diamond.

This particular blog post resonated well with me because lately I’ve been dealing with a lot of interior turmoil, conflict, selfishness, etc., and all of that has caused me to be rather ungrateful and to lose sight of God’s love and mercy for me. While my problems don’t (currently) involve physical ailments, my interior  sickness has definitely been something that has been difficult for me to handle. (Don’t worry, I’m okay.)

And reading Daniel’s blog post helped me refocus and remember that God can transform seemingly dull and ugly things into something brilliant and precious because God knows what I’m going through for He, Himself endured unfathomable suffering for my sake. Daniel’s sake. Your sake.

Put in another way, He can redeem suffering because of His Passion, death, and Resurrection. My suffering, especially when united to His cross, has meaning.

In Daniel’s words:

I could complain about basically being strapped to a wall for three weeks, and about my increased chances of having another lung collapse. Well, Christ was nailed to his Cross for three hours and he most likely died by a slow and grueling suffocation. So yeah, he knows a little bit about what I am going through.

Read the rest here.

And you can follow Daniel at Thoughts of a Fibro on WordPress.

“We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures. We are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his Son.” – Pope Saint John Paul II
– JD

Graphite and diamond // American Physical Society