Whoa!: A Reflection on Acts 2

 

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#Whoa! is the reflection for May 24, 2015, Pentecost Sunday.  Exactly what does it mean to encounter the Holy Spirit?  Find out in “Whoa!”, the podcast for this week.  Available on itunes and android.   #MSAWordfortheDay #MySpiritualAdvisor #Sermon #Homily #LeasChapel #HolySpirit #Pentecost #Eucharist #Baptism #DynamicLife

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The Spiritual Life is not All Milk and Honey

Ayah Paras comments on things Catholic for My Spiritual Advisor
Ayah Paras comments on things Catholic for My Spiritual Advisor

                We’re led into our beautiful religion by those who love us.  We all have felt that touch from God, an experience of His love and mercy through his own kind of body language. There can be those mountain top experiences and they are absolutely glorious.  There are even stretches of time where the spiritual life feels like an easy walk on an even path. But just like how our own earth is not perfectly level, we cannot expect our own spiritual lives to stay as one kind of experience. We cannot expect to stay comfortable in our journey towards God, and these feelings of discomfort can magnify into something more like a valley experience.

                There are different ways to describe these kinds of experiences in the spiritual life; “spiritual dryness” or “spiritual desolation.” Saint John of the Cross calls it “The Dark Night of the Soul”. Whatever pithy term is used for it, the experience is the same. Our prayer, our conversations with God, even our own desire to seek that relationship can become so weak that we question why we even try. Reading scripture can turn into only words on a page rather than moments of divine insight. Silent prayer into plain expressions rather than experiences of love and mercy. Songs which used to fill our every crevice with praise leaves the singer wanting. Even the highest point of the Mass (The Eucharist) can do nothing to move the heart. Nothing is able to pierce it; it feels that heaven might as well be closed. We may try to pray more, go to church more, serve more, but in an endless stretch of desert, we may question, “Is there a point?” We may feel inadequate or angry. Confused. Frustrated.

                Where is God in this desert? In a stormy, tumultuous heart, where is the calm?

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