I am embarrassed to say that I pretend that it does not hurt, and that it doesn't matter, but it does. And I ask myself, and God, "What happened to the joy?"
Did Jesus know it was going to be so complicated to love the people? I work in the Church. So right now I guess I just sadly venting, and maybe praying for some joy. Peace!
Thank you for your email and kind words. I know I have hurt people, perhaps more by things I failed to do than things I did. And of course I have been hurt. Each of us needs to take our wounds to the cross, especially during Lent and Holy Week. My prayers for you. Please say a prayer for this sinner - and for all priests. We can do both enormous good and terrible harm. St. Therese gave her life to pray for priests. Perhaps God is calling you to that kind of prayer.
Fr. Phil Bloom