The World is Dark and Bland

The world is dark and bland. We can see it in the newspapers. We can see it on TV, or even just walking down the street. Depression has never been so widespread. Suicide rates are higher than ever. People are either bored to death (bland) or sick of life (dark). The world is dark and bland.

After observing this reality, and before falling into despair, we should ask, “Why?” 

We could blame it on the media. We could blame it on the government. We could blame it on powerful corporations. We could blame it on Masonry. And we would be partly right. 

But we could also do something more honest and more useful. Honest because it is true— Jesus Christ Himself insinuated it— and useful because, if taken seriously, we may actually give a ray of light and a hint of spice to our world.

In case you haven’t already guessed what I’m suggesting, I’ll say it clearly: we could blame it on ourselves. “You are the light of the world and the salt of the earth” (Matt. 5:18). Therefore, if the world is dark and bland, you, member of the Body of Christ, cooperator in the building of the Kingdom of God, light of the world, salt of the earth, you, Christian, had better wake up and get to work.

Wake up and get to work. Wake up to who you are and to who you should be. That is done in silent prayer and meditating scripture. Get to work according to the vocation that God has called you to fulfill. That is done by opening your heart completely to the Lord and asking Our Lady to help you to respond like she did. Until you have done this, don’t complain that the world is dark and bland. You are the light of the world. You are the salt of the earth. Before looking at others to blame, take a look at yourself.


Hna.KristinM AltoyClaro

My name is Sr. Kristin María of Jesus and of the Immaculate Virgin. I was perfectly content in my idyllic little bubble called Naples, Florida when I met the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, who opened my heart to truths so intense and so beautiful that what I thought was reality suddenly popped and I saw beyond. They introduced me to the person of Jesus Christ, who attracted me to Himself so strongly that I could no longer imagine belonging to anyone but Him. After tossing and turning, weighing and discerning, falling and rising, He gave me the strength to leave behind my dreams of academic prestige to follow Him on the narrow path of humility and poverty. Since then, I have been living in Spain and Italy, completing my formation, teaching catechism, studying theology, and writing this blog.