Managing Monday with St John of the Cross

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Spanish born St John of the Cross (1542-1591) was a major figure in the Counter Reformation (or Catholic Reformation). A priest, poet, artist and mystic, he worked closely with St Teresa of Avila in reforming the Carmelite Order, for which he was imprisoned in 1577. During this time he suffered great privation (including being beaten three times each week), but gained profound spiritual insights, many of which are recorded in his best know work, the “Dark Night of the Soul.” We will look at some of his quotes over the next few weeks…

  • If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark – St John of the Cross
  • In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God – St John of the Cross
  • Faith and love are like the blind man’s guides. They will lead you along a path unknown to you, to the place where God is hidden – St John of the Cross
  • Conquering the tongue is better than fasting on bread and water – St John of the Cross
  • The endurance of darkness is preparation for great light – St John of the Cross

As always, nice chatting…


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