The great malady of the twentieth century, implicated in all our troubles and affecting us individually and socially, is “loss of soul”. When the soul is neglected, it doesn’t just go away; it appears symptomatically in obsessions, addictions, violence, loss of meaning, and a loss of hope. Our temptation is to isolate these symptoms or try to eradicate them one by one; but the root problem is that we have lost our wisdom about the soul, even our interest in it.from 'Care of the Soul', by Thomas Moore

Think about it. Can’t we trace most of the problems of our society today back to a “loss of soul”? If we want to change things for the better, we need to start with the “soul”. We need to stop treating the symptoms of our sick society and get down to the cause of the infection. What is the sickness in the soul? What is that sickness in the soul motivating in the student with four “F’s”, the apathetic teacher, the cheating husband, the crooked politician, the drug and alcohol addict, the social media addict, or the abusive father?

Working in the soul is way easier “said than done”. The reason is because “Soul Work” is work against the basic nature of man. It is so easy for us to act as our nature dictates, to become a slave to the elements of the world, to give into vice. The hard thing to do is to go against that “nature” and develop our spiritual life, care for the soul, practice virtue. This is why I have so much respect for those in our society who have been called to care for the souls of others (many different professions), and who do it “day in and day out”. Their work is work against nature. The Latin phrase is “Opus Contra Naturam” ( work against nature). We need to continually encourage these people in their difficult work.

I urge you to take the road less traveled, the hard way, and care for the soul…..yours and others! The reward is miraculous!