The Heart of Darkness

I cannot learn about God. I can only unlearn the things that are keeping me from a full awareness of God. To find Christ you must make a pilgrimage to the center of your being, to the place where the human and the divine meet. The key to being a pilgrim is to remain still interiorly as you journey—otherwise you are just a wanderer. To pray is to embark on a journey without end—a journey deep into the heart of darkness, of paradox, of mystery. The journey to God is slow. Each day, we inch our way along a steep, winding road. The pace of spiritual transformation moves about as quickly as traffic in Los Angeles.

Spirituality is essentially a journey in which we move from what we are to what we will be; it is a journey to weakness. We truly learn to live when we begin to explore our weaknesses. Every experience of weakness is an opportunity for growth and renewed life. Weaknesses transformed by the reality of Christ become life-giving virtues.

We really don’t want an earthquake and a new reality. We want flowers and bird songs. We want our own secure, stable way.

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2 Responses to “The Heart of Darkness”


  1. 1 aliceny January 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

    “Every experience of weakness is an opportunity for growth…”

    Thoughtful and very encouraging. All we have to do then is to believe it – truly believe that it is possible – and then – the big step out into renewal through trust and faith.
    .
    Thank you.

  2. 2 Jose Luis January 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Gerry,
    thanks for the insightful comments, which are resonating within. Hope you are well and have had a good week.
    Peace and good


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