December 14

Saint John of the CrossHoly Spirit, Saint John of the Cross began helping Saint Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelites shortly after his priestly ordination.  They formed a deep bond of friendship because they shared the same passion for holiness.  I ask him to pray for me to have friends with whom I can share the work of Your kingdom.  Thank You for those You have already given to me.  May we inspire each other to greater spiritual growth and trust in You.  Save us from the evil one who wants to divide us.  Help us to encourage each other through trials and sufferings with a prayerful devotion to the Cross.  Saint John, pray for us.  Amen.

QUOTES by Saint John of the Cross

Consider it the mercy of God that someone occasionally speaks a good word to you, for you deserve none. >>

The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master is like a lone burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter. Those who fall alone remain alone in their fall, and they value their souls little since they entrust it to themselves alone. If you do not fear falling alone, do you presume that you will rise up alone? Consider how much more can be accomplished by two together than by one alone. >>

For if I am to receive the grace and mercy which I beg of You in Your Son, take my small contribution, since You desire it, and grant me this blessing, since You also desire that. >>

It is best to learn to silence the faculties and to cause them to be still so that God may speak. >>

Contemplation is nothing else than a secret and peaceful loving inflow of God which, if not hampered, fires the soul in the spirit of love. >>

God sustains every soul and dwells in it substantially, even though it be that of the greatest sinner in the world, and this union is natural. The supernatural union exists when God’s will and the soul’s will are in conformity. Therefore, the soul rests transformed in God through love. >>

What does it profit you to give God one thing if He asks of you another? Consider what it is God wants, and then do it. >>

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