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Wandering in the Spiritual Desert January 03, 2018
Some say it's like the common cold, or a run-of-the-mill dry spell in an intimate relationship. There are times when people of faith feel, for a while, far from God. Former NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty sits down with two spiritual scholars to talk about their own experiences with "the dark night of the soul" and how they get through it. Hagerty's Christianity Today article on mid-faith ennui is here. From 2016.

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, author of Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife
Kathleen Norris
, author of Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer's Life
Father James Martin, Jesuit priest and author of 
My Life with the Saints

Mother Teresa famously experienced a sprirtual dry spell for 50 years. In 2007, her private letters revealed that she felt that God had abandoned her. “If I ever become a saint—I will surely be one of ‘darkness,'” she wrote in September of 1959.