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  • How to Understand Dry and Difficult Prayer

    12/29/2015 7:56:55 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-28-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Msgr. Charles Pope December 28, 2015 0 Comments Most who seek the Lord in prayer experience times of dryness and difficulty, times in which it seems to us that the Lord hides His face. We pray; we call out; we seek Him; but He doesn't seem to answer; it almost seems as if He hides from us.A well-known atheist was once asked what he would say to God if he were to discover upon his death that God exists. He replied simply, "I would ask, 'Why did you hide?'" Many of us who do believe might respond, "He doesn't hide!...
  • On the Purpose of Aridity in the Spiritual Life

    06/04/2015 7:17:11 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 06-03-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Purpose of Aridity in the Spiritual Life By: Msgr. Charles PopeNone of us who commit to prayer and the spiritual life enjoy those periods during which prayer, liturgy, or spiritual reading seem dry or dull. But such moments are necessary—or so it would seem—for God permits them. If something were always pleasant, we would not be sure if we loved God or merely the pleasantries. An old saying asks if we love the consolations of God or the God of all consolation. It is the dry and difficult times that help us to determine the answer.There are other reasons for dryness...
  • Climate change rocked cradles of civilisation

    09/07/2006 5:24:26 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 55 replies · 945+ views
    University of East Anglia ^ | 7-Sep-2006 | Simon Dunford
    Severe climate change was the primary driver in the development of civilisation, according to new research by the University of East Anglia. The early civilisations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, South Asia, China and northern South America were founded between 6000 and 4000 years ago when global climate changes, driven by natural fluctuations in the Earth's orbit, caused a weakening of monsoon systems resulting in increasingly arid conditions. These first large urban, state-level societies emerged because diminishing resources forced previously transient people into close proximity in areas where water, pasture and productive land was still available. In a presentation to the BA...