October 2020 issue of spiritual life/Online now available

By Edward O’Donnell, OCD, Editor
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Jesus is our strength. He is the one who knows the sorrows of the human heart and can heal our worst pain.

Living as a Christian during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, our basic belief that our lives are in the hands of a loving and caring God is challenged. The lives of our family and friends that have been lost to this disease highlight the indiscriminate cruelty of the pandemic. And with no end in sight, we may despair, thinking we will never be released from the suffering that is now part of our lives. But if we allow hope to intrude into our lives, we may be able to live without despair during this time of COVID.

God’s abiding love

This newly energized hope needs to be refounded on the awareness of the abiding love God has for us. This hope also needs to penetrate the darkness that suffering brings into our lives. There is no room for false hopes that dissolve before the reality of the pandemic and leave us mired in our suffering.

We need to trust that Jesus is our strength at this time — the one who suffered, died, and rose. He is the one who knows the sorrows of the human heart and can heal our worst pain.

Jesus, we trust in you.

October 2020 issue of spiritual life/Online

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About spiritual life/Online

spiritual life/Online is the digital successor to Spiritual Life, a print journal of contemporary spirituality, and is published online quarterly by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the Washington Province.

spiritual life/Online contains articles that deal with various aspects of Christian Spirituality and their application to everyday life. Carmelite spirituality is also featured, examining the meaning of the lives and writings of St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Ávila, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, and St. Edith Stein.

There is a book section that highlights books that would be helpful to our readers on their Journey to God.

spiritual life/Online promises to provide its readers with intelligent and thought-provoking material that will enhance their growth in the Spirit.

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