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Dark Night Of The Soul

Discussion in 'Literature and Poetry' started by Who am I, Mar 15, 2008.

  1. Dark Night Of The Soul

    St. John of the Cross

    On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings—oh, happy
    I went forth without being observed, My house being now at

    In darkness and secure, By the secret ladder, disguised—oh,
    happy chance!—
    In darkness and in concealment, My house being now at rest.

    In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me,
    Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which
    burned in my heart.

    This light guided me More surely than the light of noonday
    To the place where he (well I knew who!) was awaiting me—
    A place where none appeared.

    Oh, night that guided me, Oh, night more lovely than the
    Oh, night that joined Beloved with lover, Lover transformed in
    the Beloved!

    Upon my flowery breast, Kept wholly for himself alone,
    There he stayed sleeping, and I caressed him, And the fanning of
    the cedars made a breeze.

    The breeze blew from the turret As I parted his locks;
    With his gentle hand he wounded my neck And caused all my
    senses to be suspended.

    I remained, lost in oblivion; My face I reclined on the Beloved.
    All ceased and I abandoned myself, Leaving my cares forgotten
    among the lilies.

    "He soars on the wings of Divine love
    "It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that the verse and prose works
    combined of St. John of the Cross form at once the most grandiose and the most
    melodious spiritual canticle to which any one man has ever given utterance.
    The most sublime of all the Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of
    Divine love to heights known to hardly any of them. . . . True to the character of his
    thought, his style is always forceful and energetic, even to a fault.
    When we study his treatises—principally that great composite work known
    as the Ascent of Mount Carmel and the Dark Night—we have the impression of a
    mastermind that has scaled the heights of mystical science; and from their summit
    looks down upon and dominates the plain below and the paths leading upward. . . .
    Nowhere else, again, is he quite so appealingly human; for, though he is human
    even in his loftiest and sublimest passages, his intermingling of philosophy with
    mystical theology; makes him seem particularly so. These treatises are a wonderful
    illustration of the theological truth that graced far from destroying nature, ennobles
    and dignifies it, and of the agreement always found between the natural and the
    supernatural—between the principles of sound reason and the sublimest
    manifestations of Divine grace."

  2. The dark night of the soul- someone who Satan fears so much that he tries to sever all their communication with God. But then, God only allows it because it will in the end strengthen our faith, as long as we keep it. It is a curse, but a blessing, as well, for those who survive it. Mother Teresa suffered through something similar.:)

    Thank you for this.

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