Do not love one person more than another, for you will err; the person who loves God more is the one more worthy of love, and you do not know who this is.
Saint John of the Cross The Precautions (excerpt)
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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Reminds me of St Therese’s saying she owed her sanctity to some hidden soul who prayed for her regularly, whom she would know only in Heaven. Of everything I have read of our Holy Father, this has to be the most difficult.
Click on the link to read the context and the quote will make a little more sense. St. John of the Cross wrote these precautions for the nuns in Beas after he escaped from his prison in Toledo. Father Kavanaugh writes: “The work is brief, with much doctrine condensed into a small amount of space. Written for nuns influenced personally by St. Teresa, the lean statements spoke to women who were ardent in their embrace of the spiritual journey. They wanted to reach poverty of spirit, union with God, and “the peaceful comfort of the Holy Spirit” in a short time. Love has little use for delay. The objective, then, is to overcome any obstacles interfering with rapid progress. People less passionate about their goals have other alternatives. The aspiration to avoid any stumbling blocks accounts for the negative tone of the work.”