The one who is not reborn in the Holy Spirit will be unable to see the kingdom of God, which is the state of perfection (Jn. 3:5). To be reborn in the Holy Spirit during this life is to become most like God in purity, without any mixture of imperfection. Accordingly, pure transformation can be effected – although not essentially – through the participation of union.Saint John of the Cross
The Ascent of Mount Carmel, II.5.5
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.
About our featured image: Descent of the Holy Spirit, Guido Reni (Italian, 1575–1642); Pen and brown ink, with brush and brown wash, heightened with gold paint, over black chalk, on brown laid paper, squared in black chalk, laid down on board, after 1607/08; Art Institute of Chicago Museum (Public domain).