“It should be the work of Christians who believe in the paschal mystery to help people when they are being led into the darkness and the void.
The believer has to tell those in pain that this is not forever;
there is a light and you will see it.
This isn’t all there is.
Don’t try to rush through it; we can’t leap over our grief work.
Nor can we skip over our despair work.
We have to feel it.
That means that in our life we will have some blue days or dark days.
Yet this sacred space is the very space we avoid.
When we avoid darkness, we avoid tension, spiritual creativity, and finally transformation.
We avoid God, who works in the darkness–where we are not in control!”
~Richard Rohr from Everything Belongs