It’s very hard to avoid them completely. Sooner or later, it seems that we will all have days when our spirits are troubled by doubt or loss or confusion or a frightening suspicion that we might have been abandoned by the Spirit we must have to sustain us.
Christian Century (April 29, 2015, issue) published an article entitled, “Books for the Dark Night.” Eight persons who are active in the Christian community in one way or another were asked to identify and reflect on a book that helped them at a low point in their faith journey.
Several of these books are worth taking a look at. These are titles that would be useful to have available in any case, but especially for those times when you need a place to turn. Here are the books mentioned and briefly discussed:
The Sacrament of the Present Moment, in a translation by Kitty Muggeridge
Don Quixote, in a translation by Walter Starkie (This one surprised me!)
The Soul’s Sincere Desire, by Glenn Clark
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, by Isabel Wilkerson
God Is More Present Than You Think, by Robert Ochs, SJ
Morality: Memory and Desire, by Luigi Giussani
Companions on the Inner Way, by Morton Kelsey
Traveling Mercies, by Anne Lamott
I will be reading a few of these and will likely report on them here in future posts.