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Sayings of Light and Love 8 – St John of the Cross

January 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, John of the Cross, Spiritual Direction

Sayings of Light and Love 8

Sayings of Light and Love 8:

Those who fall alone remain alone in their fall, and they value their soul little since they entrust it to themselves alone.

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Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a priest and Doctor of the Church, is considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, and was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), who founded the Discalced Carmelites. He was very familiar with both Holy Scripture and with Saint Thomas Aquinas' Summa Theologica. Known as the Doctor of Mystical Theology, he is also 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 canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII and was named a Doctor of the Church in 1926 by Pope Pope Pius XI based on his eminent sanctity, eminent doctrine and solemn declaration of the Roman Pontiff himself.

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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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  • Cathy

    This is so true and so fitting for my life today! Thank you Dan and may God bless you abundantly

  • Lisa

    Sayings of LIght & Love article cannot be accessed. When I click on ‘read more’ the comment section appears.

    • Dear Friend – how are you accessing the blog? Do you use a browser or through Kindle?

      • Barb

        Is the single sentence quote from St. John of the Cross the entire post?

        • LizEst

          Yes, it is today. Sometimes there is more.

  • Penguintrble

    I love this page, this site, the content is so wonderful and informative. It is uplifting to receive it.

  • sequax

    This is what they mean when they say “the truth hurts”. But what they don’t say is how much more –over time, and for ‘no apparent reason’– willful ignorance hurts more. This even outside the eternal consequences. Thank you for this.

  • Beautiful.

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