Passing Thoughts Of A Mad Priest

From Father Jonathan.

"Nothing that grieves us can be called little: by the eternal laws of proportion a child’s loss of a doll and a king’s loss of a crown are events of the same size."( Mark Twain )

I have only just come across this quotation but it is a sentiment that has informed my pastoral ministry throughout my life as an Anglican priest. So often, when I was visiting someone who was in emotional or physical pain (or both), the first thing I had to do was convince them that the fact that there might be people worse off than themselves somewhere in the world did not mean that they were not allowed to express how they were feeling and seek comfort in the sympathy of others.

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