O Adonai

Si hablamos de la sobrenatural, según se puede en esta vida, de potencia ordinaria no tiene el entendimiento disposición ni capacidad en la cárcel del cuerpo para recibir noticia clara de Dios, porque esa noticia no es de este estado, porque, o ha de morir, o no la ha de recibir.

Y ésta es la causa por que Moisés en la zarza, como se dice en los Actos de los Apóstoles (7,32), no se atrevió a considerar, estando Dios presente; porque conocía que no había de poder considerar su entendimiento de Dios como convenía, conforme a lo que de Dios sentía.

San Juan de la Cruz
Subida del Monte Carmelo: Libro 2 Capítulo 8


Juan dela Cruz - Brescia- 17th c Spanish School
17th c. Spanish, Carmel of Brescia | Credit: Discalced Carmelites


If we speak of supernatural knowing, insofar as one can in this life, we must say that the intellect of its ordinary power, while in the prison of this body, is neither capable of nor prepared for the reception of the clear knowledge of God. Such knowledge does not belong to our earthly state; either one must die or go without this knowledge.

This is why Moses, as affirmed in the Acts of the Apostles (7:32), did not dare to look at the bush while God was present. He knew that his intellect was powerless to consider God in an appropriate way, a way that conformed to what he felt about him.

Saint John of the Cross
The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Book Two, Chapter 8



John of the Cross, St. 1991, The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross, Revised Edition, translated from the Spanish by Kavanaugh, K and Rodriguez, O with revisions and introductions by Kavanaugh, K, ICS Publications, Washington DC.

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