16th c. Spanish co-founder of the Discalced Carmelite friars
"Being unable to invite you to the Nuptial Blessing which was given on Mount Carmel..."
"After climbing Mt. Sinai through the night we sat down to watch the dawn"
Night is the necessary cosmic expression of St. John of the Cross’s mystical world-view.
Let us in spirit make our way to Carmel’s mountain height; our Virgin Mother calls us there to gather flowers of light.
Lady of the mystic mountain, where the Lord has set His throne, grant us grace to climb Mount Carmel..."