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Sayings of Light and Love 1 – John of the Cross

January 7, 2014 by  
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Sayings of Light and Love 1


Sayings of Light and Love 1 - John of the Cross

Sayings of Light and Love 1

The Lord has always revealed to mortals the treasures of his wisdom and spirit, but now that the face of evil bares itself more and more, so does the Lord bare his treasures more.


This is the first in a series of posts on St John of the Cross' sayings of light and love.


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Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591),  a Spanish priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), who founded the Discalced Carmelites.  He is known as the Doctor of Mystical Theology and is known for his writings (especially his poetry), including: The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Counsels to a Religious, Dark Night of the Soul, Living Flame of Love, Precautions (Cautions), Spiritual Canticle, Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, Points of Love and Other Counsels.  He was beatified in 1675 by Pope Clement X and canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1926 by Pope Pius XI, after consultation with Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.  He is buried in the Monastery of the Carmelitas Descalzas (Convent of the Discalced Nuns), in Segovia, Spain.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Remus

    Dear Catholic Spiritual Direction,

    Thank you for this quote by St. John of the Cross. Could you tell me what translation this is? I am wondering about the use of “mortals”, as it appears to be the use of inclusive language.

    Thank you very much.

    • The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D

  • patricia

    So very true! In a time of darkness on the world Christ is present even more and reveals the hidden treasures that we must become small like children in trust in God in order to see them. This can be proven challenging in our times in which it is all about building ones self up. As we desire for Gods kingdom which is already here we just need to look with eyes of God and ears of God through scripture and spiritual reading through spiritual and coporal works of mercy through prayer above all through the sacraments. To me there are Jesus hidden treasures. Great quote Dan you picked out and one to remember we are not left alone to fight on our own we always have God and when we have God we have everything!

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