God deliver us from ourselves. May he give us what pleases him and never show it to us until he wishes to do so. And, after all, the one who stores up treasures out of love, stores them up for another.
It is good that God guards and enjoys them, since they are all for him; and that we neither see them nor enjoy them so as not to deprive God of the joy he finds in the humility and the nakedness of our heart and in our contempt of worldly things for love of him.
It is a very manifest treasure and it gives great joy to see that the soul continues to please God openly, paying no attention to the foolish ones of the world who know not how to keep anything for the next life.
Saint John of the Cross
Letter 23, recipient and date unknown
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: The United States nonprofit organization Feed My Starving Children visited Nicaragua in March 2011. In the past year, the Ortega regime has been severing ties with international nonprofits, including and especially those related to the Catholic Church. The Missionaries of Charity are included in the next group of nonprofit organizations that will have their licenses to operate revoked. Photo credit: Keely Joy Photography, Inc.
Leave a Reply