’22, ’24 M.T.S.

Spiritual consolation—feeling comforted by God—is not an everyday emotion. If we are honest, it is not even a most-days thing. Such feelings are neither controllable nor constant, even for some of the greatest saints.

This means that most of the time, we stay in a state of spiritual dryness, where consolations are either weak or barely discernible. We know by faith that Jesus and the Father “make their dwelling” with us at various moments, like receiving the Eucharist or sitting in Adoration. And we know by faith that “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit,” is present in our lives. But it is quite another thing to concretely feel God’s presence.

So what do we do? What do we do when the joy of the five-minute Easter Alleluia fades into the background of our busy minds? What do we do when our feelings aren’t