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The Yes of Perfect Consent

The Yes of Perfect Consent   Presence of God – Lord, grant that I may give You the free and full consent of my will. MEDITATION St. John of the Cross very aptly says that the characteristic of union of wills is the yes of the soul’s “free consent” (Living Flame of Love 3,24) by which it gives itself entirely to God, surrendering itself completely to Him by the full and total gift of its will. In other words, the soul... Read More

Forming Our Emotions (Part II of II)

Forming Our Emotions (Part II of II) Editor's Note: In part I, we introduced the concept of educating or forming emotions and looked at the state of our emotions in the purgative way. Today, we will explore the differences in our emotions while we are in the two subsequent ways: the illuminative and unitive ways. Here is the question we are exploring: Dear Father John, My reactions to things seem out of control. For example, when... Read More

Unitive Love

Unitive Love Presence of God – My God, You have infused love into my soul. Grant that it may increase until it brings me to union with You. MEDITATION “God continues to do and to work in the soul by means of this night, illumining and enkindling it divinely with yearnings for God alone and for naught else whatever” (John of the Cross, Dark Night of the Soul, II, 13,11). In proportion as it detaches itself from earth,... Read More