All creation, says St. John of the Cross, is as it were, bathed in the light of the Incarnation and Resurrection: “And in this elevation of all things through the Incarnation of his Son and through the glory of his resurrection according to the flesh not only did the Father beautify creatures partially but, we can say, he clothed them entirely in beauty and dignity.” (Spiritual Canticle, 5.4). The God who is “Beauty” is reflected in his creatures.
In a cosmic embrace that in Christ unites heaven and earth, John of the Cross was able to express the fullness of Christian life: “You will not take from me, my God, what you once gave me in your only Son, Jesus Christ, in whom you gave me all I desire… Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth. Mine are the nations, the just are mine, and mine the sinners. The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine; and God himself is mine and for me, because Christ is mine and all for me.” (Sayings of Light and Love, 26-27).
Saint John Paul II
Homily, 4 November 1982
Convent of the Discalced Carmelite Friars
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