How Dryness in Prayer is the Most Important Adventure

How Dryness in Prayer is the Most Important Adventure

I recently started rereading the very humorous Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, the story of a crazed and impoverished Spanish noble who sets out with his much saner “squire” Sancho Panza in search of adventures to revive the chivalry of knighthood. Each of his adventures turns into a misadventure, probably the most famous of which being the run-in with the windmills. Don Quixote sees thirty or forty large windmills in the distance and declares to Sancho Panza that they are giants that he means to engage in “fierce and unequal combat.” Sancho tells him that they are windmills but Don Quixote responds by telling him that he is clearly not used to the business of adventures and that he should pray while he fights them. Don Quixote ends up seriously injured and...

Just around the river bend

Just around the river bend

This last month we found ourselves on a mesmerizing path in the mountains, discovering the beauty of creation with every step and with every turn. I propose that we continue our adventure, but this time discovering a New Land. For those who have never seen Walt Disney’s Pocahontas, we are told the story (in a roughly accurate historical representation) of a group of European explorers who, in their search for the much pursuedgold of North America, happen upon the Native Americans of the new world. While there is a plethora of themes offered us in just ninety minutes, originally designed for a younger audience, I desire to reflect on a scene that we are introduced to towards the beginning. Pocahontas is the onlydescendant of the Chief of their tribe. After her...