In early summer, feel the turning of the long afternoon to evening. If you feel consolation, and then that slight urgency to hold on to it: rest knowing that nothing is static. If you feel despair, it too will turn over to comfort once again. Let fear dissolve into thanks. Bask in the light that all is gift. It always has been. It always will be.
"The Ruined" are those countless ones throughout the ages who have encountered the presence of the living God to such an extent that they are "ruined" for the things of this world. They can never return for any extended time to what was formerly known as "normal life." They are burned with a vision of the beauty of God in the face of Christ--and they seek this in everyone and everything they meet.