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Growing Pains: Must Growth be Painful?

The athlete’s motivational motto, “no pain, no gain”, is now knit into the repertoire of our therapeutically attuned culture.  The implication: not only is it possible to grow from pain, but it’s necessary if we are ever to grow.  On the other hand, there seems to be so much that contradicts the so-called “benefit of pain”.  Many of us are dehumanized, dispirited, and even a little bitter … or just plain tired and fed-up.  Are there insights that could help us live these processes with more serenity and freedom?  This presentation will look at some of the dynamics and ideas surrounding growth and pain.

Presenter:  Dr. Mark Slatter
Mark Slatter is Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Theology at St. Paul University.  He also works at The Ottawa Mission in spiritual formation with those who struggle with substance abuse.

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  • Relationships M.

    It was a very insightful lecture done by Dr. Slatter. Great comments everybody! Thank you for attending! See you again on Dec. 21. W invite you to come and welcome the Christmas season with us.

    December 1, 2012

  • Andrew

    Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain. And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy; And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields. And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief. Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity: For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen, And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears. Khalil Gibran

    November 30, 2012

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