#ADVENT: Dark Nights of the Soul

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

Today we remember St. John of the Cross, a 16th century Spanish saint (1541-1591) well known for his “Dark Night of the Soul.”  During his ministry St. John of the Cross was misunderstood, mistreated, and maligned.

He came to know the dark intimately while imprisoned for his progressive faith. Yet in the depths of suffering he came to a deeper understanding of the incredible heights of God’s love. In these tumultuous times may we take comfort from St. John of the Cross that the Light of God’s love is with us in the darkest depths of our scariest nights.

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

And I saw a river over which every soul must pass to reach the Kingdom of Heaven, and the name of that river was suffering … and then I saw a boat which carries souls across the river, and the name of that boat was Love.Saint John of the Cross

grace, peace & LOVE

Virginia : )

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

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3 Responses to #ADVENT: Dark Nights of the Soul

  1. Debbie says:

    I’m especially drawn to his quote about the boat and the river, Virginia. That seems to be the stuff legends are made of! Hope your Monday is going well!

    • Virginia says:

      Like St. Teresa of Avila (his spiritual director) St. John of the Cross used such vivid images that still work today. Hope your Monday is also going well, Debbie. 📚🤗📚

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