In the editor's column of the Peace Weekly, a member of the editorial staff reflects on his work as a writer, which includes reading the articles and columns of others; they give him, he says, an appreciation of much good, useful and stimulating writing.
the readers of the Peace Weekly are also the writers he reads. We have a
tendency, he says, to believe that good articles are written by good
However, it is not rare that those who write good things are not doers
of the good things they write about. This is seen most often in
make their living by writing, he says. To put it simply, those who
write are often not living in the manner they encourage their readers to
live. The writing is one thing; the life
they lead is another, neither one having much influence on the other.
an article, he admits that there have been not a few
times that he felt uneasy and even embarrassed by what he wrote, but he gave himself
high points for the quality of the writing. His excuse? He says he was at least trying to live in the
way he wrote.
Peace Weekly, in a contest for its readers, asked them to submit
articles on their faith
experiences. 125 were submitted, all of which he read. These were for
part not written by competent writers, and much effort was needed
in reading them; the expressions were awkward, the line of thought did
not always follow coherently, nor were they expressed smoothly. The
writers were for the most
part amateurs at writing. He realized, however, that writing was only
one means of expressing what was felt inside, and the lack of ability
did not prevent them from expressing what they felt. Truth gave them the
strength, he says, to attempt to express what even the best of
writers would have difficulty in expressing.
were more than a few pieces that caused him, he said, to bow his head,
tears coming to his eyes. It was a lesson that clearly showed him
that what is written can mirror the heart and mind of the person
writing. There was one common note
in all the different pieces, he said. It was the experience of pain,
the body or the soul.
They accepted it as if directly from God and through
the pain they were able, they said, to encounter God, and
by faith to overcome the pain. Whether they recovered from the sickness
or not was not their biggest concern. Their encounter with God was what
was important. The encounter was healing for the soul, even if it never
manifested in the body.
that this is true, there are
few people who want the physical pain. The columnist said he received
from reading the submitted contest articles. In his own life there
would be little usable material, he says, for a story about a faith
experience. His life has gone
along rather smoothly, for which he is thankful. In the future, if he
is faced with suffering, will these difficulties, he asks himself, be
shortcuts in meeting God? Can't we
consider them a grace? He doesn't know when this will
come, if it ever does, but he feels he has received a form
of immunization by his reading.
readings have helped him to see that God is closest to those in pain.
He thanks all who have submitted their stories and for allowing him to
see in their material how another's faith experience, when expressed
from the heart, can bring the one reading in closer contact with his own
heart, with his own spirituality.