Today is the Feast of St. John of the Cross, mystic author of The Dark Night of the Soul. This is a time of year when the nights come to their longest, and in doing so, they remind us that the whole world is given to us that we might learn of God and of the relationship he wishes to have with us.
Among other things, the darkness can be a time of purification. And so while the world around us today offers so much darkness, the Gospel flips the world on its head, telling us that even in and through the darkness, we are afforded the opportunity to know the light of God and be united to His Love.
At Harmel Academy, we’re trying very hard to build a community of work, prayer, and study where young, aspiring tradesmen can not only “learn a skilled trade,” but to understand themselves and their work a part of a grand adventure-narrative—a story where, in and through the darkness of the world, they are being sought by God because He has a great work for them to do.
There is a lot in the world working against these guys (I’ve written about some of those challenges here), but I am convinced that Harmel Academy has its own great work to do in preparing the next generation of Catholic men to shine a great light in the darkness—men who know how to “read reality,” who know that the world is given to us to prepare the way of the Lord!
I hope you’ll consider supporting that work this Advent with a year-end gift to Harmel Academy.
We can’t do this without you.
David Michael Phelps
President, Harmel Academy of the Trades