One evening in Avila, as the Angelus was being rung, John came out of the monastery church after hearing confessions and turned into the small path that led to the little house where he was living with his companion, Padre Germán.
Suddenly, a man seized him and beat him so severely with a cudgel that he fell to the ground. (It was the revenge of a lover whose prey he had snatched away.)
As John recounted this adventure, he further stated that at no other time in his entire life had he experienced such sweet consolation: he had been treated like the Savior himself and had tasted the sweetness of the cross.
Saint Edith Stein
Chapter 5, The message of the cross
Note: The solemn canonization of Saint John of the Cross was held on 27 December 1726, decreed and celebrated by Pope Benedict XIII. He was raised to the honors of the altar together with St. Turibius of Mogrovejo, St. Francis Solano, and St. Peregrine Laziosi of the Servite Order by the Papal Bull “Pia Mater Ecclesia”. (Source: Efemérides Carmelitanas)
Stein, E 2002, The Science of the Cross, The Collected Works of Edith Stein, Book 6, translated from the German by Koeppel, J, ICS Publications, Washington D.C.
Thank you! This makes suffering so much easier to bear with grace and love. We can say to the evil ones, “Bring it on! Do your worst! The sufferings you inflict on us are only transient and make us stronger!”
I can fully understand that. And that I do understand is a huge Grace of which I am an unworthy servant.