Darkness Before Dawn

By Renaissance Girl
 
Our bulletin this morning had an excerpt from Walter Hilton, an Augustinian mystic of the 14th Century. He was known for the beauty and simplicity of his writings in describing the soul drawing close to God through love. He had tremendous insight to those dark times where we aren’t sure our efforts are drawing us any closer to God.  
 
“When someone first begins to perceive that the love of this world is false and temporary, and begins to prefer the love of God, that person will not instantly be brought into that light. There will be night for a while. It is a good night, a luminous darkness…. Even so, this night of the soul can be distressing as well as comforting….The world is near, and God seems far away. If this should happen to you, don’t be discouraged….wait for God’s grace. Focus your attention on Jesus. Think only of him. Jesus, who is both love and light, is in this darkness. It does not matter whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. Understand that it is the darkness before dawn.”
 
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About Renaissance Girl

I moved to the Community with my family in 1988 when I was 10 - which gives away my current age! I am now a solemnly professed member - I work at Paraclete Press, the publishing arm of the Community and I love my job! I also sing in the choir Gloriæ Dei Cantores, and am a member of Elements Theatre Company and Spirit of America Band. As a Docent for the Church of the Transfiguration, I get to discover new things about the church every time I share it with someone else. When I'm not doing one of those activities, I love to spend time with my dog or my "extended family". There's a lot of variety in my life which keeps me energized - and I'm learning how to be more in the moment so whether I'm at a rehearsal, or making dinner in the kitchen with 5 girls, they all get 100% of me!

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