Lessons from Mother Angelica on Suffering and Burnout

“Only through the pain of dryness – where we decrease and He increases – can we begin to love God in the way He wishes us to love.”

Mother Angelica knew that love is not as connected to feelings and emotions as our human nature leads us to believe. We need the dryness to elevate our love.

“Through the purification of dryness of heart, the Holy Spirit becomes the greatest love in our souls. We begin to love God with our Will,” she writes. “We choose to love Him, to spend some time with Him, to prefer Him to ourselves. It is a hard lesson to learn, but God slowly guides our poor hearts towards Himself and frees us of all the attachments that keep us from giving ourselves to Him totally.”

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