A Nest of Dryness
The process of editing can cause an author to detest her own work. (Yup, speaking from current, personal experience.) Does that mean an author should never be involved in any editing of her work? No, because nobody knows the words of her mind and heart better than she does.
A committed routine of prayer can cause a person of faith to lose desire for religious devotion. Does that mean that a person of faith should never commit to a prayer life? No, because perpetual devotion is the only way to feed and grow her faith. More on that, as well as a reminder for me and other writers out there, in this brief post from December 2013 that has been on my mind of late.
I began this blog to document my spiritual journey, consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Starting with zeal, I find myself already sputtering out and going flat. I had promised to set myself apart for holy use, to give my life to divine purpose. And now… ho-hum, befuddled. I’m just not feeling it. So go all devotions, commitments to creativity and vows of love. Losing the sweetness of the spark, dim dullness creeping in, I am tempted to just wander away aimlessly and grope about for some cheaper thrill. Temptation lives in desert spots. But I will not be moved. I will not lose heart. For I know that this path is the way of great saints, artists, lovers… the path of holiness.
Being human, I am bound to be an earthly creature dependent upon this spinning sphere orbiting its sun. The pattern of my life is the ebb and flow of…
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Although crippled by disease, I'm fully alive in love. I write about the terrible beauty and sacred wonder of life, while living with physical disability and severe dependency. A revert to the Catholic faith through atheism, I'm not afraid to ask life's big questions. I explore what it means to be fully human through my weekly blog and have written a book: It's Good to Be Here, published by Sophia Institute Press.
hi ya Christina,
good work. reblogging it such a great tool to utilized. You have great content and sharing it again you get new friends and old to read again and learn from you. A lot of people repost again and again. Also, we only have so much time in a day. Love, you work thank you for sharing. Interesting I was just thinking this the other day. You did it. Great minds think a like. Peace Blessings
Yup, need the reblogging tool lately as I revise my book proposal! (Plus a little ailment, but much better now.) Sometimes, I like to pull up an old post just as a reminder for myself. Thank you for your encouragement, Donna Maria, glad we’re of a mind. And so good to see you back blogging again – you’re an inspiration!
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hey ya CC I am glad you are doing better and using some great creative tools. We only have so much time and energy. I need to do that to I am late on a few but better late than never. re; my blogging I came up with a more simpler easy way to post thanks to you. Great to see and hear about your revised book proposal. Keep trying things one of them will work out for you. Doing the Glory of God. Blessings Angel to you and yours. Peace
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For Corpus Christi, having read your post today! Thank you! Maurice. Our friend Christina Chase recently wrote that ‘Temptation lingers in desert spots’ – which is perfectly true. It’s so easy to get things out of proportion.
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I began this blog to document my spiritual journey, consecrated to the Sacred Heart. Starting with zeal, I find… |
But what did they wish for, out there in the desert? The fleshpots of Egypt, not a closer walk with God.
The children of Israel said, ‘Would to God we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger.’ (Exodus 16:3)
And when they were in Egypt, they were oppressed so hard they could not stand – yet they’d rather go back to slavery than walk as free men and women with God. Of course spiritual slavery is more subtle than that. Who are the false gods we are tempted to put before the true One?
God heard his people, but did not answer their despair with thunderbolts to fulfil their death wish. No, he sent mercy, like the gentle rain from heaven, in the form of manna. He sustained them on their travels.
As we will be sustained:
Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. (John 6:31-33)
It’s a scandal that Christians are not united at the Lord’s table.