[quote="seanom, post:3, topic:256491"]
As you advance in holiness and the spiritual life, God quite often hides himself from you to strip you of all desires that aren't focused on God. Some peole love God for his comforts and when he takes them away they lose faith and begin to despair. We must love God for who he is and not what he offers. You should delight when you go through spiritual dryness as this is when you are closest to the Lord and also keep in mind that he does this for the good of your soul. Some souls actually very few after may experience "The Dark Night" which God gives to those who are chosen for great levels of holiness like the saints and mystics. I would thank God for this and make regular acts of Faith, Hope and Love and visit the blessed sacrament, have recourse to Mary etc... You're probably experiencing spiritual dryness if you feel like God isn't near you, you might be prone to doubts and get no satisfaction from prayer and sometimes find it painful to pray but I tell you from experience, perseverance is the key. I don't know if you are Catholic or whatever but I would highly recommend reading the works of St John of the Cross on the "Dark Night" and also keep up the spiritual works and you might want to read and meditate upon Mark 4:35-40.
Greetings OP, Seanon, to those reading and or posting in this thread,
I could not have said it any better than Seanon has in their post. The recommendations that Seanon have suggested are great. If I might add one more, if things get rought, seek spiritual direction. I would suggest a priest, becuase they stand in the person of Christ. However if you cannot find a priest for a spiritual director, then I would counsel you to find one that lives and believes ALL of the Teaching of the Catholic Church.
I have been blessed with the grace to be able to pray that I shall find no consolation in anything or anyone but God alone in my life. It is a prayer that God is seeing fit to answer at this time. It is by his grace that I am making it so to speak.
Do not become attatched to the gifts, but rather to the Giver. It is hard sometimes, because consolations are good. But consolations are not Union with God. I want and crave with every fiber of my being, the deepest Union with God that He wishes for me to have.
I will be praying for you.