Spiritual Desert

A narrative of quotes about walking through that spiritual desert, with which many of us are all too familiar. How happy I am to look at the times when I’ve come and gone from this dryness, blessed to realize that darkness would be much worse! Keep fighting the good fight, brothers and sisters. Pray for each other and ask the Saints for their prayers!

When you feel like you cannot feel:

Be not afraid to tell Jesus that you love Him; even though it be without feeling, this is the way to oblige Him to help you, and carry you like a little child too feeble to walk.

— St. Therese of Lisieux

Be comforted even in your affliction:

Our Lord loves you and loves you tenderly; and if He does not let you feel the sweetness of His love, it is to make you more humble and abject in your own eyes.

— St. Pio of Pietrelcino

Do not let your feeling, or lack thereof, stand in the way of doing God’s work and being His hands and feet and smile and voice in this world:

It is certain that the love of God does not consist in experiencing sweetness or tenderness of heart, but in truly serving God in justice, strength, and humility.

— St. Therese of Lisieux

Remember who we are and recognize from where we have come. We can choose gratitude, even in our desert:

Here are we, with a thousand obstacles, drawbacks, and imperfections within ourselves, our virtues so newly born that they have scarcely the strength to act (and God grant that they exist at all!) yet we are not ashamed to expect sweetness in prayer and to complain of feeling dryness.

— St. Teresa of Avila


“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed in us.
For creation awaits with eager expectation the revelation of the children of God.

We groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
We wait with endurance.
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God.

What will separate us from the love of Christ?
Will anguish, or distress, or famine?

No, in all things we conquer overwhelmingly through Him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:18-39, in parts)


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