You wonder if your mind and heart have gone on vacation. And have forgotten to let you know they were leaving.
You can only hope that they haven't vacated the premises permanently.
Why is God allowing this you ask? Wouldn't it be better if we could pray with our hearts on fire every single day? Or if God's light illumined our hearts and minds to such a degree that prayer always flowed smoothly with nary a distraction? Ever.
"You know, Lord, so I can hurry up, become a saint overnight and do your will. If we could simply get all the "yucky stuff" over with I'm sure things would be better all around."
Yeah...right. Fat chance of that happening.
Well, it was worth a shot in the dark, anyway.
Dark being the key word.
After years and years of these periods of aridity, or worse, desolation, you begin to realize that all this
"yucky stuff" is actually the good stuff. It is during these times that much of God's hidden work is being done.
Perseverance is important during periods of aridity or desolation. Here's a helpful link: The Way to Heaven. The entire book is online but I linked specifically to the pages on aridity and desolation. It will give you some relief to know you are in good company!
If this doesn't help, try St. Joseph. He has never failed me when all is dark.