Suffering is hard painful. Although we do not wish it for ourselves or those we love, it is an inescapable reality of the human condition. While it can cause us to wither and despair, suffering can also be a path to insight, strength, and compassion. Welcome your meditations into the company of Kate Bowler, Pema Chödrön, Robert Ellsberg, Thich Nhat Hanh, Michael Leach, James Martin, Henri Nouwen, Richard Rohr, and Marianne Williamson, among others.
Michael Leach is publisher emeritus of Orbis Books and author and editor of many books, including Soul Seeing: Light, Love, Forgiveness (Orbis).
James T. Keane is senior editor at America.
Doris Goodnough is permissions coordinator for Orbis Books. Together they have also edited The Way of Kindness, The Way of Gratitude, and The Way of Forgiveness (all Orbis).