Have a great love for those who contradict and fail to love you, for in this way love is begotten in a heart that has no love. God so acts with us, for he loves us that we might love by means of the very love he bears toward us.Saint John of the Cross
Letter 33 to a Discalced Carmelite nun in Segovia
Ubeda, October-November 1591
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.
Featured image: This is a detailed image of the famed statue of St. John of the Cross created in 1675 by 17th c. Spanish sculptor Francisco Antonio Gijón. The overall dimensions of the sculpture are 167.96 x 93.35 x 74.3 cm (66 1/8 x 36 3/4 x 29 1/4 in.), which makes the diminutive friar seem larger than life. The work was executed by the sculptor in polychromed and gilded wood with sgraffitto decoration (estofado). This sculpture is on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Image credit: National Gallery of Art (Public Domain)