O guiding night!
O night more lovely than the dawn!
O night that has united
the Lover with his beloved,
transforming the beloved in her Lover.
The Dark Night, stanza 5
John of the Cross, with his own experience, invites us to trust, to let ourselves be purified by God; in the hopeful and loving faith, the night begins to know “the rising of the dawn”; it becomes luminous like an Easter night—“O vere beata nox”, “O night more lovely than the dawn”—and announces the resurrection and the victory, the coming of the Bridegroom who joins with him and transforms the Christian: “transforming the beloved in her Lover”.
May the dark nights that hover over individual consciences and the collectives of our time be lived in pure faith; in hope that “attains as much as it hopes for”; in flaming love of the Spirit’s strength, so that they become luminous days for our suffering humanity, in victory of the Risen One who liberates with the power of his cross!
Saint John Paul II
Homily, 4 November 1982
Convent of the Discalced Carmelite Friars
¡Oh noche que guiaste!
¡Oh noche amable más que el alborada!
¡Oh noche que juntaste
Amado con amada,
amada en el Amado transformada!
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.