Quote of the day: 27 December

Discourse

His Holiness John Paul II

Speech to the Planning Commission
IV Centenary of St. John of the Cross
Friday, 16 November 1990


“Following your footprints”, as the mystic poet himself sings, he has followed his life’s journey in search of God, discovering his presence in creation and in creatures. Now, “following in his footprint”the footprint that John of the Cross has left in his writingsthe Church in Spain and, in particular, the people of Castile and León want to undertake a journey that may become an illuminated trail in personal and family life, in culture and in the witness of Christians in the midst of society.

John of the Cross, master in the faith, is also a guide on the pathways of life. His word, profound and thoughtful, suggests to men and women all the fullness of their dignity in the demanding task of approaching the mystery of existence, in the human fatigue of believing by overcoming the darkness, and in the integration of loving God and neighbor, since, as the Saint beautifully says, “After all, this love is the end for which we were created”.


The solemn canonization of Saint John of the Cross was held on 27 December 1726, decreed and celebrated by Pope Benedict XIII. He was raised to the altar together with St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, St. Francis Solano and St. Peregrine Laziosi of the Servite Order by the Papal Bull “Pia Mater Ecclesia”. (Source: Efemérides Carmelitanas)

 

 

Arnold_van_Westerhout_-_Portrait_of_John_of_the_Cross-1719
Blessed Father John of the Cross, Arnold van Westerhout engraving 1719 (Wikimedia Commons)

 

 

“A zaga de tu huella”, como canta el mismo poeta místico, él ha recorrido el camino de su vida a la búsqueda de Dios, descubriendo su presencia en la creación y en las criaturas. Ahora, “a zaga de su huella” —la que Juan de la Cruz ha dejado en sus escritos—, quieren la Iglesia en España y, en particular, las gentes de Castilla y León emprender un camino que sea estela luminosa en la vida personal y familiar, en la cultura y en el testimonio de los cristianos en medio de la sociedad.

Juan de la Cruz, maestro en la fe, es también guía en los senderos de la vida. Su palabra, honda y pausada, sugiere al hombre toda la plenitud de su dignidad en la ardua tarea de acercarse al misterio de la existencia, en la humana fatiga del creer superando la oscuridad, en la síntesis del amar a Dios y al prójimo, ya que, como hermosamente dice el Santo “Al fin, para este fin de amor fuimos creados”.


Solemne canonización de S. Juan de la Cruz, el día de 27 de diciembre de 1726, decretada y celebrada por el Papa Benedicto XIII; elevado a los altares juntamente con Sto. Toribio de Mogrovejo, S. Francisco Solano y Peregrino Gratiosi de los siervos de María, por la Bula papal “Pía Mater Ecclesia”.  (Fuente: Efemérides Carmelitanas)

 

 

This English translation of Saint John Paul's Spanish discourse is the blogger’s own work product and may not be reproduced without permission and attribution.

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