Category Archives: Spiritual Formation

#20 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

The Divine assails the soul in order to renew it and thus make it divine and stripping it of the habitual affections and attachments that it so easily clings to.  The purging makes the soul feel as though it is … Continue reading

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#19 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

Because the light and wisdom of this contemplation is most bright and pure, the soul which it assails is dark and impure in relation to the glory and holiness of its presence.  The pain of this impurity is immense as … Continue reading

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#18 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

Why is the divine light that leads to divine union called by the soul the Dark Night?  The clearer and more manifest are divine things in themselves, the darker and more hidden are they to the soul naturally; just as, … Continue reading

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#17 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

For those whose spiritual good is superficial and readily affected by sense, they fall into greater difficulties and dangers. I have seen this repeatedly over the years and it has almost always resulted in tragic consequences personally, emotionally, mentally, maritally … Continue reading

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#16 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

Now we begin the long ascent up the high mountain of the Dark Night of the SPIRIT… As with nearly all mountain hiking there are innumerable switchbacks that seemingly are getting us going nowhere fast. Yet after we have a … Continue reading

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#15 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

When this house of sensuality is now at rest…mortified-its passions being quenched and its desires put to rest by means of this blessed night of purging.  Then the soul goes forth to set out upon the road and the way … Continue reading

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#14 – Dark Night of the Soul – LENT 2018

Another of the benefits of the Dark Night is the perpetual or habitual readiness and awareness of God. In one of the very earliest training workshops led by Fr. Keating, a nun tried out her first twenty-minute taste of Centering … Continue reading

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