Quote of the day, 30 April: St. John of the Cross

An recurring theme in the writings of St. John of the Cross is his counsel on how to achieve union with God; in other words, how to become a saint. In the Ascent of Mount Carmel, he explains in concrete terms the need to conform our will to God's will and to detach our soul from all things in order to go to God.

Quote of the day, 19 April: St. John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross offers a profound commentary on Christ's resurrection appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb, when she mistook him for the gardener. "This inebriation and urgent longing of love prompted her to ask the man she thought was the gardener if he had stolen him and, if he had, to tell her where he had put him so she could take him away..."

2022 Online Lenten Retreat: Drawn to Prayer

Throughout the weeks of Lent, Saint Luke and the Carmelite saints will introduce us to the mystery of Divine Mercy in preparation for the great Easter feast. In Week Two, St. John of the Cross invites us to move from despair to joy and to rely on God’s mercy.

Quote of the day, 23 February: Blessed Titus Brandsma

Happy Birthday to Blessed Titus Brandsma! From his article on Mary's motherhood of God: "In his Explanation of “The Living Flame of Love”, St. John of the Cross draws the Holy Mother of God as clearly as possible into the circle of his metaphor clarifying the mystical life...."

Quote of the day, 25 December: St. John of the Cross

When the interval of waitingFor His birth its course had run,Straight from out His bridal chamberCame the Bridegroom, God the Son. Once on earth, with arms extendedHe embrac'd His heavenly Bride,And the gracious Mother laid HimIn the manger, at her side. All around that helpless babyAnimals were standing by;Men sang songs of glad rejoicing;Angels join'd their songs... Continue Reading →

Quote of the day, 19 December: St. John of the Cross

The soul through original sin is a captive in the mortal body, subject to passions and natural appetites; when liberated from this bondage and submission, it considers its escape, in which it is unnoticed, unimpeded, and unapprehended by its passions and appetites, a sheer grace.

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