Today we remember this great 16th century saint (1541-1591) well known for documenting his ‘Dark Night of the Soul.” Misunderstood, mistreated, maligned – Saint John of the Cross came to know the dark intimately while imprisoned for his progressive faith. Yet through the depths of that ‘cross’ he came to a deeper understanding of the incredible heights of God’s love. May we learn from his example to seek God, even if we feel abandoned & don’t understand: God’s love for us is with us even in the darkest corners of the deepest night.
“Never was font so clear,
undimmed and bright;
From it alone, I know proceeds all light
grace, peace & Heavenly Light
p.s. my heart & prayers are with the people of Newtown, CT, where the terrible shooting today at the Sandy Hook Elementary School killed 20 children & six adults. Such senseless violence – especially against children – is unbelievable. I was touched earlier this evening reading photographer Kenneth Todd’s blog post – he lives 20 miles from Newtown & has small children of his own. Please click here to read the moving poem, “Tiny Angels,” he included in tribute to the children who died today.