Author Archives: Michael Welchert

About Michael Welchert

My wife Diana and I have been married since 1985 and have five wonderful children. I have been in ministry since 1980 and we currently reside in the Denver, CO area.

#11 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

One of the traumatic impacts of the Dark Night is the fear of being lost on the road, thinking that all spiritual blessing is over and that God has abandoned us.  The experience of both heart and mind is to … Continue reading

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#10 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

One of the telltale signs that one may believe that he is experiencing a severe purging is that the memory ordinarily centered upon God, now finds itself without sweetness in the things of God. However, this does not come from … Continue reading

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#9 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

The Dark Night is contemplation and produces two kinds of purging: sensual and spiritual in order to be made ready for the divine union of love with God. The night of sense is common and comes to many.  The night … Continue reading

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#8 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

E N V Y   &   S L O T H 8/40 ENVY…The experience of displeasure at the spiritual good of others so that we would prefer not to hear others praised and in fact cannot refrain from contradicting … Continue reading

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#7 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

G L U T T O N Y 7/40 …part 2/2 In part one we saw the pride of those (ME!) who relish in their gluttony in spiritual ways. Seeking to go to extremes and beyond moderation and the counsel … Continue reading

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#6 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

G L U T T O N Y 6/40 …part 1 of 2 Many of us are lured by the sweetness and pleasure in spiritual exercises, but strive more after the sweetness than the purity and discretion that God regards … Continue reading

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#5 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

A N G E R 5/40 When our desire to gain tangible benefits from the regiments of our spiritual disciplines comes to an end, or is unmet with immediate or continued delight then we naturally become embittered and bear a … Continue reading

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#4 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

L U S T 4/40 Lust is the desire to benefit self at the expense of other, because lust desires to get.  Love desires to benefit others at the expense of self, because love desires to give.  -Dr Edwin Louis … Continue reading

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#3 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

G R E E D 3/40 Being discontent with the spirituality that God gives to you…because you do not find in spiritual things the consolation that you desire.  OUCH! Many can never have enough of listening to counsels and learning … Continue reading

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#2 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

The next seven chapters are to engage “beginners” of this Dark Night of the Soul to look at their imperfections through the seven deadly sins…Pride, Greed, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, Sloth.   2/40 P R I D E We may … Continue reading

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