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The psalmist, probably in similar trouble, feels like he’s in the depths of the pit, surrounded by darkness. The irony is that if you go to Bethlehem, as we did three years ago, you can celebrate Eucharist in St. Jerome’s cell, where he translated the Sacred Scriptures into Latin. To get there, you go down into a cave in the depths of the earth, not far from the cave where Jesus was born. So Jerome translated the Word into the people’s language just a few meters from where the Eternal Word was first revealed to the world. The difference is, of course, that the birth of Jesus finally gave suffering some meaning, some cosmic significance. When we suffer, we suffer with Christ, whose sufferings and death brought redemption to the world.

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