"The juxtaposition of darkness and love, so central to all St. John of the Cross' works, but especially The Dark Night of the Soul, is deeply expressive of the paradox central to the Christian faith: that in the cross of Christ, in that abyss of suffering and degradation, is the ultimate expression of the love of an all-powerful and all-merciful God.”----Margaret Kim Peterson, introduction to The Dark Night of the Soul, 2005 Barnes & Noble edition
Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God ---Isaiah 50:10
"This night, which is contemplation, causes two kinds of darkness or purgation in spiritual persons according to the two parts of the soul, the sensory and the spiritual...the one night or purgation will be sensory, by which the senses are purged and accommodated to the spirit; and the other night or purgation will be spiritual, by which the spirit is purged and denuded as well as accommodated and prepared for union with God through love."---Nl,8,1
"Oh, night that guided me, Oh night more lovely than the dawn...This light guided me more surely than the light of noonday to the place where he was awaiting...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"---poem excerpt, St John of the Cross
The grace of the dark night is seen in that it makes us pine for the Trinitarian One, our maker Who seems hidden for a time; this pining is the proof; though the Cup of the Beloved burns our lips, it is a medicine that heals and propels us unto spiritual depths and maturity.
There is no redemption of this world, no political Promised Land, but only in overcoming the sin of the world in Him.
"It is in the dark that you learn to give over to the Lord all which you are; prayers in such a period – prolonged or brief – are most authentic and reveal who you are at the core, and not what you do at the surface. While it is understandable not to request such lean times, understand in the darkness you are being saved..."---Terry Douglas
Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength---1 Corinthians 1:20-25
--->Vatican historian claims Jesus’ death certificate found on Shroud of Turin. "In the year 16 of the reign of the Emperor Tiberius Jesus the Nazarene, taken down in the early evening after having been condemned to death by a Roman judge because he was found guilty by a Hebrew authority, is hereby sent for burial with the obligation of being consigned to his family only after one full year," is the reconstruction of the text found by Dr. Barbara Frale on the corner of the Shroud of Turin in three languages, Latin, Greek and Hebrew...Read it all... No small find if true! Note that the "because" here is precisely consistent with the New Testament account.
--->Sandro Magister: Twenty-four New Cardinals, Tailor Made for the Pope...
--->John Beeler's Credo vis a vis Anglicanism
--->G.K. Chesterton: Social Reform versus Birth Control...
--->from Joshua Snyder's website: St Elizabeth of Hungary Spinning for the Poor. Wife, Mother, Princess, Saint; and Pope says Elizabeth a model for those in authority...Read it all...
--->DN: WikiLeaks Prepares Largest Intel Leak in US History with Release of 400,000 Iraq War Docs. See DN video report...
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