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Humour and the Dark Night of the Soul

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If this journey is so exciting, why do so many Christians suffer from anxiety or depression?

While on a journey to visit one of her convents, a donkey threw St. Theresa of Avila into a stream of freezing cold water. Standing in her water-logged, heavy habit, she yelled at God,

“If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few!”

The spiritual journey is intense and hard but if we keep a sense of humour, don’t take ourselves too seriously and stop meddling in God’s business, the journey becomes much easier. A friend of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once asked him if it was possible to tell if a another person had truly undergone inner transformation.

“It is very difficult to tell but usually it is accompanied by a wonderful sense of humour.”

I am excited to be part of God’s work on Earth discovering that it is possible to become Christ’s presence was an epiphany for my husband and I about 25 years ago. The resurrected life is not just for a few saints. Every normal Christian should shout with St. Paul,

Galations 3: 20
“No longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.”

If this journey is so exciting, why do so many Christians suffer from anxiety or depression?

Well, there is the fact that we most often turn to God to radically heal our lives when we are desperate to change. Usually we have exhausted all other avenues because, let’s face it, who wants to die to our false little selves that we have taken so long to build? In addition, the process of transformation is unsettling. God must shake us out of our old habits, melt rigid mindsets and shine light into our inner, secret, dark closets. Dying to our old selves is hard on our entire system including emotions, bodies, mind and spirit. No wonder the spiritual journey is often called the Dark Night of the Soul and the Dark Night of the Spirit. ( St. John of the Cross)

Humour, the ability to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously, puts the whole process of inner transformation into perspective. If I am self-centered instead of God centered, everything becomes intense and dramatic. When I take my eyes off myself my faith, my religious practices, my spiritual ‘progress’, and look at my Saviour, everything comes back into the proper perspective. This inner healing is God’s work. Christ calls all of us to surrender, trust and receive; receive the Light of God, surrender my inner darkness and trust in the power of Christ’s Love to redeem me. Period.



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My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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By riginal on May 26, 2013 at 03:51 am

Amen...and you go girl,the never-ending ripple effect? At least with a bit of humor you can waive hysterically as you go under. Drifting in the subconscious keeps one afloat,think or swim? cheers m09...

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By melanie jean juneau on May 26, 2013 at 09:54 am

Great analogy; if the water is the Holy Spirit, just float and let the current take you

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By jonpercepto on May 27, 2013 at 07:37 pm

I have never associated spirituality with religion. A spiritual person can be religious, but a religious person does not necessarily have to be spiritual, primarily because religion is steeped with a man made hierarchial order. The only one who can find God is you since we all have a part of God in us. If you remember this hold on to a sense of humor about life, it is possible to attain some level of god-consciousness which will uplift your spirit and those around you. It doesn't matter what religion you follow, what does matter is that you recognize your own God potential and let it guide your thoughts and actions to a place that will help you make choices consistent with your own god-self.

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By melanie jean juneau on May 27, 2013 at 08:05 pm

Agreed! Although I am "religous", I am also spiritual. The most rigid, self-righteous people are often those who follow the law and not the Spirit. The term Jesus used is Pharissee and He managed to horrify all their religous sensiblities.

I find that if we are honest and manage to look deeper than religous terms, most religons describe the same physical, emotional, mental and spiritual experiences and states of awareness.

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