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.
Fray Antonio de Heredia and Fray José de Cristo left for Duruelo on 27 November 1568 to begin the Teresian Reform for men on the next day, the First Sunday of Advent, 28 November.
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
God pays little attention to your oratories and places arranged for prayer if through your desire and the delight you take in them you become attached...
In a cosmic embrace that in Christ unites heaven and earth, John of the Cross was able to express the fullness of Christian life
St. Paul admonished the Ephesians not to grow weak in their tribulations and to be strong and rooted in charity in order to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and height and depth, and to know also the supereminent charity of the knowledge of Christ.
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.
St. John of the Cross reminds us that "God’s purpose is to exalt the soul". That is why he came down, "so profound is the humility and sweetness of God".
Letting ourselves be conquered by the loving gaze of Jesus is the beginning of a new and eternal life.
We can understand that the very loving light and wisdom into which the soul will be transformed is what in the beginning purges and prepares it, just as the fire that transforms the wood
For the blinder love is the more it gives such life, holding the soul surrendered, living without light in darkness.
I would not consider any spirituality worthwhile that wants to walk in sweetness and ease and run from the imitation of Christ.
Have you ever wondered what Christ's prayer was like? Upon explanation, we realize that his prayer consisted essentially in the penetration of his very being by God.
The more wounded the lover, the healthier the lover is, and the cure caused by love is to wound and inflict wound upon wound, to such an extent that the entire soul is dissolved into a wound of love.
On the fourth step of this ladder of love a habitual yet unwearisome suffering is engendered on account of the Beloved. As St. Augustine says: Love makes all burdensome and heavy things nearly nothing [Cf. Sermo 70, De verbis Domini in Evangelium S. Matthei, para. 3] The bride spoke of this step when, desiring to... Continue Reading →
Those who do not relish this language God speaks within them must not think on this account that others do not taste it. St. Peter tasted it in his soul when he said to Christ: Lord, where shall we go?