Associates of the Sisters of Bon Secours

Daily Reflection

Today's Reflection: Fierce Landscapes

mountainside path

The spiritual function of fierce terrain (in the apophatic tradition) is to bring us to the end of ourselves, to the abandonment of language and the relinquishment of ego.  A vast expanse of jagged stone, desert sand, and towering thunderheads has a way of challenging all the mental constructs in which we are tempted to take comfort and pride, thinking we have captured the divine.  The things that ignore us save is in the end.

from The Solace of Fierce Landscapes by Belden Lane

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