EVELYN UNDERHILL THROUGH LENT: Distraction And Dryness by Evelyn Underhill

March 14, 2015

From Concerning the Inner Life It is one of the most distressing aspects of personal religion that we all waste so much of the very limited time which we are able to give it.  The waste can be classified under two main heads: distraction and dryness.  No one escapes these, but it concerns us all to reduce them as much as we can.  Of dryness I will speak later.  As to distraction, this is of two kinds, which we might call fundamental and mechanical.  Fundamental distraction is really lack of attention; and lack of attention is really lack of interest.  We are seldom distracted where we are truly keen – where the treasure is, the heart is sure to be.  Saint Teresa’s advice to her nuns, to “get themselves some company [...]