Commentary on the stanzas that deal with the exchange of love between the soul and Christ
The Son is the only delight of the Father
The Spiritual Canticle was written at the request of Mother Ana de Jesús, prioress of the Discalced Carmelite nuns of St. Joseph's in Granada, in the year 1584
ella vive por amor en lo que ama
There is much to fathom in Christ
"They make God do all they desire"
O souls, created for these grandeurs and called to them! O wretched blindness of your eyes!
"After climbing Mt. Sinai through the night we sat down to watch the dawn"
Escóndete, Carillo, y mira con tu haz a las montañas, y no quieras decillo; mas mira las compañas de la que va por ínsulas extrañas.
Ah, who has the power to heal me? now wholly surrender yourself! Do not send me any more messengers, they cannot tell me what I must hear.
Donde es de saber que el amor nunca llega a estar perfecto...