I thought I would write, for a little while on the Dark Night of the Soul. In the Hail Holy Queen we describe ourselves as , 'Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears'. We are all sinners , living in a sinful fallen world. None of us can avoid this suffering . We have only two choices. Either to lie on the Cross and suffer for our own Salvation and the Salvation of the World. Or to try to build some modern Tower of Babel in being convinced we can avoid such suffering, still suffer and go onwards to the Eternal Torments of Hell. In other words The Cross is not an option, it is not some kind of optional bolt on extra. It lies at the very centre of our Faith and of we are True Catholics must be emblazoned on our hearts in letters of Gold. But as we know there are sufferings and there are sufferings. Some Crosses are so severe and so sear are souls that we are burnt by them to the very core of our being. In a sense we are melted and remade by them in such a way that when we remerge from them it is not as the same person we once were. A for instance is a statistic I heard one time from Ireland that over 90% of Irish male alcoholics become so after the deaths of their mothers. They are tested in fires of sorrow and mourning and are undone by it. You do not have to walk far down the path of life to meet these huge testings of sorrow, of Crosses that reach to teh very sky, the death of a loved one, serious life threatening illness, wars, poverty, the beak up of marriages, enmity in families and so on. On the other hand there are too the Golden Crowns of Joy which can change and remake us too. The birth of a child, marriage, love deep friendships, a return to the Faith and so. But over and through all the shadow of the Cross is always present. We were born to die. We all of us walk to Calvary, towards Eternity.