Friday, December 14, 2007

St. John of The Cross. 

This most wonderous man, this great poet and Christian Mystic is celebrated today throughout the Latin Church.  On Dec. 3 1577, John was imprisoned by his own Religious Order in a Toledo Prison.  There in a narrow cell for nine months he wallowed as if a common crimnal. 
Here is a sample of what he wrote during that time:
"On a dark night, kindled with Love and yearnings - oh happy chance!
I went forth without being observed.
My house being now at rest"
-Book the First:Dark Night of the Soul
by St. John of the Cross

The writings of St. John of the Cross are so profound that the Church declared him a Doctor of Mystic Theology. His writings ,The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, Dark Night of the Soul, and others delve into the way of union of ones soul with God and the steps that slowly pull the senses away from the pleasures of the passing time we call life and enter into the hidden chamber of the Divine Presence.
Pax et Bonum .

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