For God’s sake they are able to suffer a little oppression and dryness without yearning to return to those better times
John of the Cross, with his own experience, invites us to trust, to let ourselves be purified by God
How do you experience the light and darkness of God in your life?
Dark Night of the Soul performed by Central Washington University Chamber Choir, accompanied by the composer, Ola Gjeilo
St. John of the Cross gives a reason for dryness in our prayer
Night is the necessary cosmic expression of St. John of the Cross’s mystical world-view.
Remembering the 440th anniversary of St. John of the Cross' nighttime escape from his prison cell in the Toledo
One understands that only the dying of the sensory being is felt and nothing is experienced of the beginning of the new life that is concealed beneath it.
"God darkens all this light and closes the door... now he leaves them in such darkness that they do not know which way to turn in their discursive imaginings.”
Perceiving events, discerning their causes and effects through divine revelation is God's gift to the prophets
In dryness and emptiness the soul becomes humble. The earlier arrogance disappears when one no longer finds in oneself anything that would give reason to look down on others; instead, others now appear to one to be more perfect...
Are you the ray That flashes down from the eternal Judge’s throne And breaks into the night of the soul That had never known itself? Holy Spirit—ray that penetrates everything! Saint Edith Stein Holy Spirit—ray that penetrates everything! The Hidden Life: Essays, Meditations, Spiritual Texts The Collected Works of Edith Stein, Book 4 ICS Publications,... Continue Reading →
Divine virginity has a characteristic aversion to sin as the contrary of divine holiness. However, this aversion to sin gives rise to an indomitable love for sinners. Christ has come to tear sinners away from sin and to restore the divine image in defiled souls. He comes as the child of sin—his genealogy and... Continue Reading →