Does Darkness Play a Role in Our Spiritual Growth?

Darkness is a thing I am very familiar with. I've spent months - maybe even years if I combine it all - in the "belly of the whale." But, the longer I am at this journey, I can see that even as horrible as it is, the darkness has its gifts too. I uncover what I'm made of in the dark. I find out who I can really count on. I discover my biggest gifts at the bottom of the well.

Richard Rohr is one of my heroes. He remains faithful to absolute love as his guiding principle, even in situations where I would resort to anger at the injustices he takes on. Check out his post on darkness below. And, I'd love to hear about the gifts you've found in the dark places.