These amazing words were delivered in a speech just weeks ago, and I had to share. A hollywood star speaking from his past experiences dealing with depression and hopelessness to a room full of formerly incarcerated people who are seeking a new beginning:
"Ultimately, I believe that suffering leads to salvation. In fact, its the only way. We have to somehow accept, not deny, but feel our suffering and feel our losses. And then we make one of two decisions: we either decide to go through the gate of resentment, which leads to vengeance, which leads to self-harm, which leads to harm to others. Or we go through the gate of forgiveness, which leads to grace...
Your being here is an indication that you've made that decision already. You've made the decision to walk through the gate of forgiveness, to grace - just as Christ did on the cross. He suffered terribly and was broken by it, to the point of doubt and a feeling of absolute abandonment, which all of you have felt. And then there was a decision to be made, and the decision was to look upon the people who were causing that suffering, or that situation that was causing that suffering, with compassion and forgiveness. And that's what opens up the gates to heaven for all of us."
- Jim Carrey