Faith doesn't lead us to sacrifice our reason; on the contrary, the experience of God elevates it—making it noble, unconstrained, and worthy.
Hope obtains what it longs for: salvation; or rather, just as the shield of faith is faith itself, the helmet of salvation is salvation—Jesus Christ himself—for salvation is from the Lord, and we are to hope for salvation from our only Savior.
Spiritual marriage is a total transformation in the Beloved... the highest state attainable in this life.
Any attempt to arrive at a mysticism without dogma is contrary to the doctrine of Saint John of the Cross and to the very nature of contemplation.
If I spoke before, it was to promise Christ. If they questioned me, their inquiries were related to their petitions and longings for Christ in whom they were to obtain every good.
John of the Cross is a model of a Christian in dialogue, a man of cultural breadth who expresses well that openness proper to the men and women of his native region of Castilla
You must use every care to clothe yourselves in God's armour so that you may be ready to withstand the enemy's ambush.
My beloved Antoinette, I leave you my faith in the presence of God, of the God who is all Love dwelling in our souls.
You will have battles to fight, my little brother, you will encounter obstacles on the path of life, but do not be discouraged, call me.
Oh, you see, sometimes I think He is going to come and take me to carry me off where He is in dazzling Light. Even now in the night of faith, the union is so profound, the embraces so heavenly!
St. John of the Cross says that "faith lies beyond all this understanding, taste, feeling, and imagining." Bishop Báez explains that it's the loving and welcoming presence of Jesus that gives us the faith we need to live: not only faith in God but faith in life, in ourselves, and others.
What does it matter to the soul... whether it feels or does not feel, whether it is in darkness or light, whether it enjoys or does not enjoy.
Where there is devotion and faith any image will be sufficient, but if they are lacking none will suffice
For three days, especially until yesterday evening, I have been in a dreadful state with abominable temptations.
The believer believes and doubts at the same time, but God rejoices when we raise doubts and ask Him questions