Recently I stayed at the Joshua Tree cabin of my friends from the Echo Park Film Center.
There are three elements in the desert. Fire. Water. Cell reception.
In Wood of the Cradle, Wood of the Cross, Caryll Houselander, lover of traumatized children and one of my most treasured spiritual companions, observes:
“It is the favorite accusation of those who, for reasons of their own, are made uneasy at the sight of someone else’s honest attempt to practice the Faith, that to save one’s own soul is a selfish, egocentric preoccupation which makes one introverted, censorious, and withdrawn from other people.
In reality the opposite is true. As Christ grows in the soul, suffering and the capacity for suffering increase in the life, and with it the desire to suffer grows. This is not because of any morbidity, such as masochism, but because where Christ increases, love increases”…
I spent Holy Week out there in the desert.
Tradition has it that Christ Was Nailed to the Cross around 9 in the morning.
He didn’t breathe his last till 3.