Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Book II, Chap. 6, no. 3
Hope, also, undoubtedly puts the memory in darkness and emptiness as regards all earthly and heavenly objects. Hope always pertains to the unpossessed object. If something were possessed there could no longer be hope for it.
O Saint more blessed than tongue can say
Who walked the ways our Savior trod
And bore his cross along the way
That leads to peace and rest in God.
O Saint of Christ’s redeeming Cross,
The road of life is dark and long;
When sorrow comes, and pain and loss,
Teach us to be resigned and strong.
Oh, win for us the joy of grace,
The light of life, the peace of prayer,
That we may reach God’s dwelling-place
And live with you forever there.
(Mention your request)
You endowed our Father St. John of the Cross
With a spirit of self-denial and love of the cross.
By following his example
May we come to the eternal vision of your glory.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us!
Carmelite Quotes welcomes Father Quang D. Tran, S.J., who prayerfully composed our 2022 St. John of the Cross Novena; he also wrote our novena to St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Father Tran is a Jesuit priest of the Central Southern Province. He is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, and is currently a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Boston College. His love for St. John of the Cross and thorough theological training enable him to lead our Novena reflections in the light of scripture and the writings of the Mystical Doctor. You can follow Father Tran on Instagram at @lemetellusumtin.
All scripture references in this novena are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America as accessed from the Bible Gateway website.
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.
Don’t become discouraged and give up prayer, says St. John of the Cross. We offer varying novenas to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as well as novenas to St. Joseph, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, and St. Edith Stein.Let us unite in prayer