[quote="Skylann, post:7, topic:298378"]
Deep enough to be concerned. Read the book twice. It's hard to say how deeply it affected me. I'm reading other books closer to Western tradition now. Toward God *by Michael Casey, *Adam's Return by Richard Rohr. Saints for Now by Clare Booth Luce. And of course hitting up the Gospels again.
I appreciate the honesty, po18guy. And I agree with the human light vs. light of Christ idea you put forth. I did get that sense initially.
What is your opinion with these though? These are probably the more significant lessons I garnered.
I have no experience with any of those authors, but a certain amount can be determined by examining the identities of the writers of the forwards or jacket comments. Have you thought about Fr. Jacques Philippe, a French Priest and retreat master? I have his book "Searching for and Maintaining Peace", which is considered a modern classic. Many Priests have this book and recommend it. They are brief, and very practical books whose wisdom you can apply even as you read them. I think his writings will be a good match for you.
--Life is hard. Life isn't always fair.
Agrees with Augustine. He taught that we are not at home on this earth - rather, that we are treading along a dusty path. Yet, Christ taught that He came that we might have life - and life in abundance (John 10:10).
-Work on changing yourself before you try to change others.
Take the log out of your own eye before you remove the splinter from your brother's eye. But, a brother or sister in physical or spiritual danger must be addressed.
-Do not identify with negative feelings. They are in you, but they are not substantial to you. As badly as you might feel, you don't have to let bad feelings impede nor influence you.
If the bad feelings come from confronting evil, you are given the passion of anger to act in opposing evil, not just blowing it off. This has a lot of that Eastern influcence in it - the empty yourself, expect nothing and you will not be disappointed type of thought. Not Christian in its entirety. At the same time, we must not let negativity define us. All of our passions have a God-given use. The catechism is very instructive here under "passions"
Spirituality, you say? Read some Saint Teresa of Avila or Saint John of the Cross. Modern day mystics are pikers compared to these two.