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What Good Is Pain?

Sometimes it is spiritual pain which makes us aware that we need a transfusion. Just as physical pain is a marvel for the human body, an early warning system, so is spiritual pain. ... We are all part of this battered, bleeding bride, struggling to regain beauty and purity. And there is nothing, nothing but a transfusing love, which will make any difference at all.

We need our pain warnings before we can turn to love. Yet if we watch television or read magazines, we often come across a different attitude toward pain: avoid it, deaden it. But when we take a pill, when we kill the pain, we don't heed its warning.

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