Novena to St. John of the Cross 2020 – Day 3

SCRIPTURE

Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?

(John 14:1–2)

READING

Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it; reflect that all must come to an end.

Sayings of Light and Love, 154

PRAYER

O seraphic St. John of the Cross,
the ardent love which burned always in your heart
led you to see all things only in God
and to seek only His glory.
It was to increase this love
and thus unite yourself more closely to God
that you led such a penitential life.

I beg you, inflame my heart with a love like yours,
so that I may have the courage to mortify myself
and give myself generously to the practice of virtue.
Thus may I truly love God
with all the fervor of which I am capable.
Amen.

Icon venerated in the Carmel of Haifa
Written at the Greek-Catholic Monastery of the Annunciation in Nazareth
Image kindly provided by the Carmel of Haifa
(All rights reserved)

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.

Novena prayer courtesy of the Discalced Carmelite nuns, Carmel of St. Teresa of Jesus, Little Rock, Arkansas

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  1. ‘ “Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it; reflect that all must come to an end.” Sayings of Light and Love, 154.’ – Perfect for me at this time in my spiritual life, many thanks! I believe a number of Saints have expressed similar views since St John: for example, I believe one – you will know – I can’t remember if it was St Pio, or St Francis de Sales – who said, “Anxiety is the greatest evil that can befall [happen to] a soul, except sin. God commands you to pray, but He forbids you to worry”. BUT my favourite verse in my Breviary is not part of the Office we say, but a Gospel verse above one of the Psalms, which says, “Jesus began to feel a sudden fear and great distress” – which tells me fear is NOT a sin. I need to hear that, as do many today.

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