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February 10, 2012
Vol. 53 No. 14

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The Chaplain's Corner

Students have returned from such places as the Philippines, Peru, Central America and Washington, D.C., and said of the suffering they observed in those places, "It broke my heart."
Parker Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal, tells us that there are two ways that hearts can be broken. They can be broken into a thousand shards, leaving us to pick up the pieces.
As in the case of Humpty Dumpty, however, the fragments cannot be reassembled and we are left with an unresolved wound.
The other way hearts can be broken is for them to be broken open, like the opening of a clenched fist or a locked door. Hearts that are broken open are better able to hold one's own and the world's pain and joy.
This second sort of heartbreak can be the catalyst for greater compassion, empathy and grace.
You will forgive me, my friends, if I pray for you a heart that is broken and broken open.

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