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Sacred Darkness

Author : Paul Coutinho
ISBN : 9780829436594
Genre : Religion
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Before there was light, God was. In fact, darkness is the medium God worked in to create the world, the universe, and all material things. Certainly, God lives in the warmth of sunlight and within our happiest days--but God also dwells in darkness. In Sacred Darkness, Paul Coutinho, SJ, examines how many Christians are fearful of dark times and struggles, yet it is often darkness that sheds light on our world and helps us live more effectively and more fully in the painful situations of our lives. Throughout the book, Coutinho shares powerful stories of how darkness can empower us--from a self-destructive alcoholic, to St. Ignatius, to the author himself. Ultimately, Sacred Darkness encourages us to overcome our "fear" or the dark by exploring the legitimate role of darkness on the spiritual journey. By learning to embrace darkness rather than run from it, we can experience God's love in ways and in places where we would least expect it.

Holy Dark Places

Author : Daniel S. McGregor
ISBN : 9781631993817
Genre : Religion
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The Christian believer routinely experiences periods in their life referred to as a dark night of the soul. In such times a person feels as if God has left him or her alone and God has distanced himself from the individual in this period of liminality. It is considered to be a time of trial and testing which only afterwards is viewed as a period of growth and maturing in Christ. In this book Daniel McGregor explores the Biblical foundation for this concept, as well as providing a historical survey of Christian theologians and authors who examine these themes and experiences. This volume will provide an ideal introduction to the subject for the serious layperson or a suitable reading for an introductory class in religious studies.

Finding God In A Holy Place

Author : Christopher Cook
ISBN : 9781441150011
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'A holy place...is a place that becomes a "gateway to heaven"', writes Chris Cook, 'a place in which we are aware of the presence of God.' These places may be geographical or architectural, or they may be metaphorical: places of loss, or achievement, or transition. This book explores prayer in holy spaces: physical places where we can go to be nearer to God. It is focused on one particular place - Durham Cathedral (voted the country's best-loved building) - but it is designed to enable the reader to explore prayer in other holy places also. It is a practical guide to prayer which takes into account different personality types as well as the physical environment, and uses all of these to help the reader to draw closer to God.

Dark Night Of The Soul

Author : St John Of The Cross
ISBN : 9781446490914
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St John of the Cross was a 16th century Spanish mystic who wanted to reform Catholicism and encourage the integration of meditative practices by its followers. Because of this, he was locked up by other monks and during his imprisonment he wrote one of the world's most famous spiritual poems Dark Night of the Soul. After his escape, he then wrote a commentary to the poem to explain how to deal with any period when one feels completely cut off from God, and totally uninspired by anything. This is the first time the poem and its commentary have been translated by anyone outside the Catholic Church, and the language is exceptionally contemporary and relevant to our everyday concerns, no matter whether the reader is a Catholic, Buddhist or Muslim - or just having a hard time.

The Dark Night Of The Soul

Author : Saint John of the Cross
ISBN : UCAL:B3884286
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Christian Science Sentinel

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Transcendence Divine Passion

Author : Suzanne Elizabeth Cahill
ISBN : 0804721122
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Drawing on medieval Chinese poetry, fiction, and religious scriptures, this book illuminates the greatest goddess of Taoism and her place in Chinese society.

Classical And Medieval Literature Criticism

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Breaking Through The Darkness A Love Ballad

Author : Luwanna Pruitt
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My transparency in this book will enlighten and touch you physically, emotionally and spiritually as you travel through the dark places in your life into the magnificent light. Its unique devotional / journal / reflection / response style is designed to take you straight to the heart of God, who loves you deeply, and desires for you to manifest His Kingdom and live an abundant life here in the earth. May this book be a tool in His hands and your heart for that purpose. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, I had no idea it would be one of the greatest trials I would experience in my life. During this extraordinary and painful purification process, my world was turned upside down as I learned how to walk through my own personal valley of the shadow of death (notice the word "through"). During this dark tormenting night of my soul, I often times lay in bed unable to pray, feeling abandoned and crying out to God in my affliction. For eight years I was thrust upon a dark descent that stripped me of everything; unable to see, hear, think or comprehend this impoverished state I'd been immersed into. Suddenly, in the ninth year, I began to see the light of day and my soul, by God's grace, began to experience a supernatural purifying faith. Wounded by His love, God's divine wisdom infused me with a great light, and it was then that He answered all of my lamentings. It's now been 18 years filled with 2 cancer reports, unbearable pain, numerous hospital visits, and a lifestyle of trusting, believing and resting in God who has walked with me throughout this entire journey. I've been taken to a secret place with encounters of profound love, joy and peace. At times I even pinch myself to see if this is real (smile). The works of the enemy are of no avail. Covered by grace, I am united with divine love. I am empowered with Holy Spirit gifts and I am a living miracle of the healing promises of God. I hope to encourage, motivate and inspire others who find themselves in a dark place, struggling and needing comfort and clarity as they endure the pain, affliction and torment of sickness and disease. I have found Him in His fullness and it is my heart's desire to share my story with others so that they too can be healed and made whole.

The Church Of England Magazine

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Report and speeches at the [third] annual meeting of the Church Pastoral-aid Society, May 8, 1838.

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