Conversatio Divina

Liberation and Affliction: on the Paradoxical Nature of Formation

In the middle of the journey of our life, I found myself astray in a dark wood where the straight road had been lost,” reads the opening line of Dante’s Commedia.

No one who follows Christ is immune to the spiritual “dark wood” of which Dante speaks. Because it can be so spiritually disorienting, we can often fail to recognize the spiritual good in all of it. Our “Bittersweet” series is a collection of personal stories that highlight the formative nature of these harrowing experiences.

In a recent article, “Destigmatizing Deconstruction,” Sara Carrara Di Fuccia tells of the formation wrought through her journey of spiritual deconstruction.

In our latest feature, “Liberation and Affliction,” Bradley Jersak reflects upon the paradoxical nature of spiritual formation. Whether in times of liberation or affliction, Bradley reminds us that Jesus is always present.

In the new year we look forward to contributions from Brandon Paradise on the formative nature of the isolation we’ve experienced these past two years and Chloe Lynch on the lack of resolution in the spiritual journey.

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