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Sayings of Light and Love 33 – St John of the Cross

March 22, 2014 by  
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Sayings of Light and Love 33

Sayings of Light and Love 33:

I didn't know you, my Lord, because I still desired to know and relish things.

Saint John of the Cross

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Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), 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, 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 canonized in 1726.

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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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  • Camila

    I have been thinking a lot about this. EveryTHING is constantly changing towards nonexistence. It is just a matter of time. Yet, God, the angels, and the human soul is eternal. While we might enjoy THINGS for say 100 years, we will enjoy God’s friendship and those of the saints forever …. forever.

    • $1650412

      Therefore, let us ‘… throw off everything that weighs us down, and the sin that clings closely, and with perseverance keep running in the race which lies ahead of us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, who leads us in our faith and brings it to perfection…’ Hebrews 12:1-2. 🙂

      • Camila

        Yes Jo! That’s it!!!

        I was just pondering on this earlier today. If I were to exist long enough I could see the things around me disintegrate. The other day I was teaching the example of an apple. If you had never seen an apple and then I said to you, this big plumpy red thing is an ‘apple’ and then you went away for say 6 months and then I showed you the same ‘apple’ you would say, no way, that’s not an apple (if there even were anything left of it by then).

        But our relationship with each other, this very conversation we are having (as means to grow in virtue and understanding), the thoughts you are having (forming you and your understanding), the prayers you are going to say or have said, the friendships (saintly ones) are going to continue in heaven. F o r e v e r.

        Isn’t that cool?

        Yes, lets throw off everything that weighs us down! Indeed Jo. By this I mean, let us be so utterly detached that having it or not makes no difference, but let us strive to grow in virtue! We are taking these with us!!!!

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