Katya Rivas: The Dryness of the Soul
The Medallion of the Apostolate of the New Evangelization
The Door to Heaven - Extracts
A teaching for Man,
about his weaknesses,
limits and reach.
Spanish Editions: 1996 and 1998
English Edition 1.1 - July 1999
The Door to Heaven – Extract No. DH-55
The Dryness of the Soul
My beloved one, let us work now on the dryness of the soul. Let us go directly to the computer. That is right, let us begin with a prayer...
When the soul feels empty, it is looking for freshness and liquid to drink; it asks itself many times: Where is my God to refresh and quench my thirst? Where is the soft breeze of my Jesus? Pray for a moment and wait. Pray again, wait... pray... wait... there is no answer... Tears begin to flow to direct the quest, the soul is thirsty, struggling to control that thirst... It waits and waits... Then in silence it abandons itself, realizing that it is freeing energy without results... It accepts and now prays without words...
It is like the summer heat in the middle of the desert, when dryness is felt, when the hot wind hits the face and the quietness makes you wonder; how can life exist here? Skin turns dry, thirst begins, you can feel your skin burning and you ask again: Where is beauty in the desert? Where are the milky cactus and flowers that attract bees to extract honey?
It is the same... Now the clouds begin to cover the hot sun... Tired, you relax and close your eyes. The sweet current turns into fresh spring; the hot breeze brings a soft and gentle freshness, you fall quietly to sleep...
My beloved one, what I have described is how the soul, in dryness to revive itself, issues up its last energy in the heat of the search of water to drink. It is on the road at night where lights are so strong that they blind you and make you anxious because the beauty of life is leaving. What do you do? You free all your energy trying to find the beauty and, during the process, tire yourself. The sun is so strong, it dries every spring of energy coming out from you and makes you thirstier. In trying to control the situation, searching for freedom of the spirit, on the contrary you have not found life.
Finally, in abandonment, peace and freedom, the cold breeze, freshness, come from God to restore you. The desert turns into a garden of beauty, mountains shadow the desert and light up their lavender, softened by the sundown... Everything you thought was dying because of the burning sun is now clearly irradiating the beauty of the desert!
What I want to teach you, is to be quiet, to be calm, to be in silence during the dryness of the soul. Wait patiently for God to show His face. Do not fear, do not be afflicted, you are not alone. Abandon yourselves and accept yourselves, deprive your soul, uncover yourselves, be humble. Do not forget that humility is founded on silence. Wait, as I have waited; look inside yourselves, be simple. Do not struggle for control. If you are walking in a sandstorm, be calm, you cannot control a sandstorm... In the same way, the soul cannot control dryness because control would only delay, causing more blindness. Wait for the dawn, with it, all will be renewed.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Through the rest of 2002, Scoop will be publishing a series of daily reflections on spiritual matters from Bolivian author Katya Rivas. Rivas, has received an official imprimatur from the Catholic Church for several books she says she was instructed to write by Jesus Christ, Mary and various Angels. Scoop’s extract, above, comes from Rivas’s book “The Door to Heaven”. In 1999 Katya Rivas was the subject of a top-rating documentary show hosted by Mike Willessee (see Scoop TV review - Jesus Christ Tells FOXNews He Wants To Hug World and Scoop Images ). More recently Rivas says she was instructed by Jesus to have her books translated and published on the internet with the intention of having the books distributed to as wide an audience as possible. Several of the books can now be read online at http://www.greatcrusade.org/, and more are coming soon.
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