Quote of the Week

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Christian Wiman


“Religious despair is often a defense against boredom and the daily grind of existence.  Lacking intensity in our lives, we say that we are distant from God and then seek to make that distance into an intense experience.  It is among the most difficult spiritual ailments to heal, because it is usually wholly illusory…

There are definitely times when we must suffer God’s absence, when we are called to enter the dark night of the soul in order to pass into some new understanding of God, some deeper communion with him and with all creation.  But this is very rare, and for the most part our dark nights of the soul are, in a way that is more pathetic than tragic, wishful thinking.  God is not absent.  He is everywhere in the world we are too dispirited to love.”

-Christian Wiman
My Bright Abyss

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