I meet with people. I listen to their stories. I step into their space. They talk about their life – their triumphs, their failures, their loves, and their pains. They also talk about their god.
Forever Companion: She has awakened a certain loneliness that has laid dormant and undisturbed. It is a Phantom that haunts me in the quiet places. It is not fast and does not chase me, and yet I am forever pursued. When I stop running for a moment to catch my breath, it is upon me! […]
The Unfortunate Burglar: I am the unfortunate burglar. I take and steal, yet have acquired nothing. I seek from others what they do not have. I pillage from imaginary storehouses they do not own. Any trace of confidence or contentment without magnifies a deprivation within and ignites my insatiable appetite. In the morning I will […]
Seduction: It is an unhappy event to find a soul you would rather be with than with yourself. Romantics have told us there is someone out there, your better half, to make you whole. I say I am my better half and me too, together with myself I am complete. But another part, who does not […]
When Jesus uttered the words “It is finished” that same day in a pagan temple a family brought a goat to be slaughtered, but for them there was no sense of “It is finished.” For they had brought a goat before and they would inevitably bring a goat again to be slaughtered. They loved their […]
In the final post of my 3-part “Dear St. John” letter, I wanted to actually give some helpful practical advice. There is a lot written about what we’re not supposed to do (ie. don’t do, just be, etc.) I wanted to give some encouragement of helpful ways to “be” in a dark night.
In part 2 of this “Dear St. John” letter, I want to address all of the ways you will be tempted to respond to this confusing season. It’s important to realize that just because God isn’t seeming to pick up the phone, leaving him 200 voicemails a day isn’t the solution (metaphorically speaking).
I hear a lot of people using the term “Dark Night” to describe a multitude of different things going on in their life irrespective to whether or not it is a psychological, emotional, physical or spiritual problem. This is a term made popular by St. John of the Cross in the 16th Century, and […]