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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spirituality: "Man’s Search for Meaning" by Viktor Frankl

The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity – even under the most difficult circumstances – to add a deeper meaning to his life. It may remain brave, dignified, and unselfish. Or in the bitter fight for self-preservation he may forget his human dignity and become no more than an animal. Here lies the chance for a man either to make use of or to forego the opportunities of attaining the moral values that a difficult situation may afford him. And this decides whether he is worthy of his sufferings or not.

Source: As found in William J. O’Malley, S.J., Lenten Prayers for Busy People: A Forty-Day Retreat Wherever You Happen to Be, page 248.

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