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When God is Silent

Musings of a Narrow Path

I had accepted Christ, but there was something wrong. I remember feeling a distinct emptiness when I was sitting in the pew at church, or praying quietly at home. I didn’t feel His presence. I didn’t feel the same way that other Christians seemed to express in worship- the exuberant joy of knowing Him both intimately and spiritually. Even such people as St. Therese of Lisieux, a very popular saint in Roman Catholicism, experienced a crisis of faith which she expressed as being tormented by darkness. This doubt mocked her, and she describes her experience thusly:

“It’s all a dream, this talk of a heavenly country, bathed in light, scented with delicious perfumes, and of a God who made it all, who is to be your possession in eternity! You really believe, do you? That the mist, which hangs about you, will clear away later on? All right, all right…

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