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Understanding Spiritual Desolation

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Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., discusses the purpose of spiritual desolation and how to be open to the grace God wishes to bestow.

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Overview

In challenging times we may wonder why God seems distant and question the reasons for suffering or spiritual dryness. Ignatian spirituality teaches that desolation is central to spiritual growth. Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., discusses the purpose of spiritual desolation and how to be open to the grace God wishes to bestow in such times.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Learn about the Ignatian understanding of spiritual desolation;
  2. Explore possible reasons for spiritual desolation in the context of the current crisis of the Church; and
  3. Identify ways to cooperate with challenges of spiritual desolation.

Who Should Participate

Priests, deacons, men and women religious, lay ministers, and those involved in vocations, formation, or clergy and ministry personnel needs.

Reflection Questions

Questions for reflection and discussion prior to the learning session are provided below.

  1. How is my prayer life affected when I feel overwhelmed or stressed and no longer find it easy to pray?
  2. Do I ever question why God allows suffering or seems distant?
  3. Have I ever experienced spiritual growth after a time of dryness in my prayer?