#ADVENT – Dark Nights (of the Soul)

Today we remember Saint John of the Cross (1541-1591), a Spanish saint known for documenting his “Dark Night of the Soul.” Misunderstood, mistreated, and maligned – John of the Cross came to know the dark intimately while imprisoned for his progressive faith. Yet through the depths of his experiences 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 is with us in the darkest places of our lives.

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

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

“Where there is no love, put love, and you will draw love out.”  St. John of the Cross

grace, peace & Light (in darkness)

Virginia : )

Photos: Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

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6 Responses to #ADVENT – Dark Nights (of the Soul)

  1. Cjo says:

    Love your pictures

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Carol-Jo. Took those pictures at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond last year during their Gardenfest Winter light festival. So beautiful!! Blessings, prayers & lots of love! 🙂

  2. anonfort says:

    I am pleased to see a post about John of the Cross. Reading his book, Dark Night of the Soul gave me a little perspective for the terrible path of life. Later in the book he gives his description of the sequel to the dark night of the soul: the dark night of the spirit. Dear God.
    here is an poetic journal of the experience:

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