The Word Among Us

November 2010 Issue

A Desert Experience

This desolate land became for me a place of beauty.

By: Judi MacLean

A Desert Experience: This desolate land became for me a place of beauty. by Judi MacLean

If you’ve ever spent any time in a desert, you know how unmerciful it can feel, with no water, no shade, no respite from the scorching heat. A spiritual desert can be like that, too—a testing place where God’s refreshing presence seems as elusive as a mirage. And yet, those forbidding deserts contain surprising seeds of life.

Three Wise Guides. I began discovering this in the non-desert setting of San Jose, in northern California. My husband, Ray, and I had...


Access all Mass readings, Order of Mass, daily meditations and articles, as well as special resources, by becoming a subscriber. View subscription options.

Special Offer: Two week free web-only trial subscription. Sign up now.

Existing Print & Web-Only Subscribers: Login for full access.