Poet Jessica Powers ponders the first stanza of Saint John of the Cross's poem, "The Dark Night". She asks, "How does one hush one's house?..."
How do you experience the light and darkness of God in your life?
Dark Night of the Soul performed by Central Washington University Chamber Choir, accompanied by the composer, Ola Gjeilo
St. John of the Cross gives a reason for dryness in our prayer
Night is the necessary cosmic expression of St. John of the Cross’s mystical world-view.
One understands that only the dying of the sensory being is felt and nothing is experienced of the beginning of the new life that is concealed beneath it.
"God darkens all this light and closes the door... now he leaves them in such darkness that they do not know which way to turn in their discursive imaginings.”
Perceiving events, discerning their causes and effects through divine revelation is God's gift to the prophets
In dryness and emptiness the soul becomes humble. The earlier arrogance disappears when one no longer finds in oneself anything that would give reason to look down on others; instead, others now appear to one to be more perfect...