A: The Catechism (#2731) mentions dryness as one of the most common obstacles to prayer. But this is one of those terms that can be used in many different ways. It will take more than one post to answer your question, so let’s begin at the beginning, with a definition.
When we say that we experience “dryness” in prayer, we usually mean that we don’t sense God’s presence, or we don’t sense it as much as we think we should, or as much as we would like. We naturally expect that we will experience a certain level of consolation when we come into contact with God. This usually takes the form of positive emotions: when we meditate on Christ’s mercy, we experience a feeling of relaxation in our soul, a release of tension, because we recognize once again that we don’t have to earn God’s love, and that we can’t lose it; when we meditate on God’s grandeur we are filled with the elation that flows from perceiving something beautiful – as if we were watching a dramatic sunset over the ocean; when we meditate on God’s omnipotence, we feel a certain awe and security, a confidence that fills the soul with a sense of peace; when we meditate on Christ’s tireless zeal for those in need, we feel a surge of vitality and a keen, sweet desire to do great things for the Church and lead others into friendship with Christ.
But self-examination, repentance and reconciliation are rarely painless; they can sound a lot easier in theory than they are in practice. So as we start this year's Lenten journey, a few simple questions and answers might help us on our way:
Reconciliation sounds great as an idea, but how do you reconcile with someone who's bitterly hurt you and won't even acknowledge that he or she has done wrong? Isn't forgiveness a two-way street? Forgiving those who hurt us is our business. Making our forgiveness contingent on the other person's admission of guilt is just another way of demanding justice and insisting on our "rights." That's a subtle form of pride.
Jesus forgave his murderers even as they mocked him on the cross. His forgiveness was a free gift, no strings attached. We can't follow him unless we do the same.
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