". . . I suspect that for many of us there have been times when God seemed far away. Perhaps when we had fallen into a deep depression and we felt that God had abandoned us; or when our spiritual life seemed arid and our faith useless; or when the most urgent of our prayers went unanswered; or even in those moments when we wondered if there really is a God at all, and that religion is just a fairy tale. These experiences are not unusual. Many great saints had their own 'dark night of the soul.'
"But Augustine makes it clear that if God seems far away, the responsibility is ours. . . ."
In a recent commentary, Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, of the Diocese of Providence (RI), reflected on the importance of nurturing our relationship with God.
To access Bishop Tobin's complete essay, please visit:
The Imitation of Christ: Is God Near or Far? (10 DEC 20)