Rebecca, at a Solitary Bird, has a wonderful post with a link to a description of contemplative prayer and the signs that one is entering into this stage, written by a Carmelite nun.  Since I just posted on prayer myself, I thought Rebecca’s article and links might be helpful to others who struggle with dryness and the inability to pray as they once did.  Her whole blog is a gold mine of Carmelite spirituality.


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    • Mary, you are a riot! 🙂 Well, I’ve been drying out for over ten years now, and I mean with absolutely not a sip of water. How about you? I’m guessing it won’t take as long…you probably burn well (with love!)

      Seriously, there is something precious about loving God without consolations….to love Him for Himself, hopefully. (Now that I’ve written that, I will probably never have another consolation as long as I live!)

      Well, at least we are in good company, with most of our other blog friends. I think we will cross this desert more quickly if we leave behind those things which weigh us down…like our attachments, faults and sins, even our worries. We must travel lightly to make swift progress.

      I love you, Mary. Keep the Joy coming…….. 🙂

  1. Lol! Patricia, I guess I don’t burn well! I “live in the desert” most of the time. I guess we learn more about love this way. I’m in a strange, inexplicable place right now that I don’t know how to put into words. Different from any past dry periods.

    I don’t know, I seem to walk around in a state of cluelessness 🙂 I have no idea where I am at spiritually and am not sure I care because the Lord knows where I am and I guess that’s enough. Yes, the excess baggage has gotta go. I’ve come to understand over the past few years that my biggest cross is myself. This “false self” needs to go. Underneath this false self is an all-consuming Fire of Love burning off the dross.

    I’m praying for you. Take my hand in prayer and we’ll walk the desert together. It’s always easier with a friend.


    • Take my hand in prayer and we’ll walk the desert together. It’s always easier with a friend.

      Oh, gladly Mary…thank you! It is easier with a friend, and when you can laugh, the thirst from the dryness doesn’t seem so unbearable. I’m sure Jesus laughed as well when I read your comment about how long it would take to “dry out.” : ) God surely has a glorious sense of humor. (Afterall, he gave us Victor!)

      Thank you for your prayers, Mary. You are in mine as well. I do understand your “cluelessness.” I feel that way too. I haven’t had a spiritual director, or even a regular confessor in 14 years. I have lots of books though 🙂 Thank God for books!

      Most of all, I know that our dear Lord would never abandon us. Being “clueless” actually demands more faith and trust, so maybe it’s a good thing.

      Don’t worry, Mary. Anyone who possesses as much joy as you do is very close to God…even if you haven’t a clue 🙂

      Love and prayers,

  2. Hi Patricia,
    I am bookworm too,but guess what? Except on the rare occasion that the Lord allows even my books have been stripped from me. They either repulse me or I don’t “get” them anymore. As a matter of fact I was just saying to Him, “Even my books, Lord?” I DID read a good one recently called “Let Go” (figures, huh?) by Fenelon and Theresa recommended one to me which I also like (Jacques Philippe) but most of the time I throw books down in disgust because it’s like reading a dictionary… except the words have no meaning.

    I still pray though (if you can call it that…lol). I get tremendous relief at Mass and Adoration now thankfully. Especially at Adoration – I just bathe in His Glory wordlessly. Besides, what is there to say? I have been bringing you and Theresa before Him regularly, though, and, thank you for praying for me too.

    Hee! Hee! I laughed about the Victor comment! Yes, He did give us Victor…praise the Lord!

    From reading your posts I can see that you are tucked tightly into His Heart too, so keep your chin up, my friend 🙂 When the water comes it will flow abundantly!


    • Mary, thank you so much for your prayers. I’m praying for you and Theresa too, as well as some others. All who are “drying out” need to support one another. 🙂
      I know what you mean about books. Sometimes I go through stacks of them trying to find one that will stir my heart…but always without success. But I do find a few which affirm my desert place, and help give me courage to hang in there. Right now, I keep close at hand When Jesus Sleeps by Archbishop Luis Martinez. I also like his book Secrets of the Interior Life.

      Adoration is my favorite place to pray also…although I am still restless and distracted there. But, I know that I am in His Presence, and that thought alone is so consoling, so precious….and I know that while there, I am doing something which pleases His Dear Heart.

      I really hardly know Victor, but his comments are hysterical. I couldn’t resist referencing him 🙂

      I do hope I am “tucked tightly” into His Heart… I think it was Karinann who wrote the beautiful post about His Heart being pierced so that the Mercy and Love could flow out, and that we could enter in as well. How beautiful Jesus is! In being both God and Man, He lets us touch His Humanity, but then draws us into His Divinity. Words fail me in trying to describe what I mean…but I’m sure you know!

      Always love to hear from you dear Mary. I’ll let you know when the water flows, but I’m thinking….not this side of Heaven.

      Love u,

    • Oh goody! I look forward to reading it…since I haven’t a clue. You always have great posts, Mary. I never know if I will find you giggling over some funny thing you are sharing…like your recent meme! Or, if I will happen upon a deep theological discussion on the spiritual life. You do know how to mix things up 🙂
      Love you for it…and know that God does too!

  3. Really? You are thinking not this side of heaven? Hmmm…no I’m thinking we are going to get a good dousing soon! It’s sort of like praying for the souls in Purgatory – the prayers of others help.
    I felt a teeny tiny itty bit guilty about that potty talk post but I got over it quickly 🙂 Especially after reading about the hairballs your cat coughed up (grin)!

    • Mary, I hope you are right about the dousing! But after ten years of this desert, I’m not getting my hopes up. I’m so used to this place now that I’m not sure if I’d know what to do with a consolation. I think Jesus likes us to thirst for Him, and hence seems to leave us without any refreshment. But, I really believe (cause the Saints tell us) that He is quietly at work in our hearts and transforming us even though we may be unaware. As long as I have peace, I am okay with this. Sometimes the evil one tries to make us blame ourselves and feel guilty or responsible etc., and we get all discouraged. Since I finally realized that God never causes such confusion, I hold my ground…dry though it may be! Hey Mary, that wasn’t too generous of you to grab the best tree 🙂 Save a branch for me. We can be like Zaccheaus, and be on the lookout for Jesus…Who will surely come eventually….

      Love you, my silly friend! 🙂

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