Advent: (14 December) Saint John of the Cross

“The endurance of darkness is the preparation for great light.” Saint John of the Cross

Today we remember this great 16th century Spanish saint (1541-1591) well known for documenting his ‘Dark Night of the Soul.”  Misunderstood, mistreated, and 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 when we feel abandoned and don’t understand: God’s love for us is with us even in the darkest corners of the deepest night.

“In the dark night of the soul, bright flows the river of God.” Saint John of the Cross

grace, peace & bright rivers (of Light)

Virginia : )

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6 Responses to Advent: (14 December) Saint John of the Cross

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    GL,
    Riveting quote and description of this saint. I’m not familiar with his story/fight of faith. Would like to know more about him. Thanks for sharing about him.

    • Virginia says:

      Saint John of the Cross lived at the same time as St. Teresa of Avila (she was his spiritual director for a time – totally radical for those times.) He experienced prison for his views, but that’s where he developed his deep spirituality of the dark night of the soul – Jesus is with as Light even in the darkest night. Much love! Gin

  2. Michelle says:

    This is such a great reminder!!

  3. arlene says:

    I love that quote Virginia, it is so inspiring 🙂

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