Spiritual Catharsis: Nights of the Soul

The theological concept of catharsis is in fact the same than the Greek purgation of passions in tragedy, but it runs much more profound, as Bishop Barron pointed out in this YouTube comment, where he gives an example of the traditional practice of spiritual catharsis, taken from Thomas Merton’s book Firewatch.

The purgation of passions is demanded to every Christian in the universal call to holiness. However, its turning point, usually decisive, is not often successfully passed in this life, as most of us back off when confronted to the Night of the senses, also called by St Teresa of Avila the Fourth Mansions of the Inner Castle.

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