Quotes of the Day – 14 December – The Memorial of St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church
“If a man wishes to be sure of the road
he treads on, he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.”
“The road is narrow.
He who wishes to travel it more easily
must cast off all things and use the cross as his cane.
In other words, he must be truly resolved
to suffer willingly for the love of God in all things.”
“Live in the world,
as if only God and your soul were in it,
then your heart will never be made captive,
by any earthly thing.”
“O you souls who wish to go on
with so much safety and consolation,
if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering
and how much it helps in acquiring other good things,
you would never seek consolation in anything;
but you would rather look upon it,
as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.”
It is a matter of real sorrow when God has given us strength to break stronger fetters, those of vanity and sin, that we neglect our own progress and the attainment of such great blessings, because we will not detach ourselves from trifles.
Not only do we not advance, we fall back.
For it is well known, that on the spiritual road, not to go on overcoming self, is to go backwards and not to increase our gain, is to lose.
As wood can never be transformed into fire, if one necessary degree of heat is missing, so the soul, that has even one imperfection, can never be perfectly transformed in God.
“Happiness is not a destination,
it’s a method of travel.”
“We must dig deeply in Christ.
He is like a rich mine
with many pockets containing treasures –
however deep we dig,
we will never find their end or their limit.
Indeed, in every pocket new seams of fresh riches
are discovered on all sides.”
“At the end of your life,
you will be judged by your love.”
“Now that I no longer desire all,
I have it all, without desire.”
St John of the Cross (1542-1591) Doctor of the Church