St. John Of The Cross

Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light
St. John of the Cross




Desolation is a file, and the endurance of darkness is preparation for great light.
St. John of the Cross

The soul that is attached to anything however much good there may be in it, will not arrive at the liberty of divine union. For whether it be a strong wire rope or a slender and delicate thread that holds the bird, it matters not, if it really holds it fast; for, until the cord be broken the bird cannot fly.
St. John of the Cross

If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark.
St. John of the Cross

It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
St. John of the Cross

No man of himself can succeed in voiding himself of all his desires in order to come to God.
St. John of the Cross

The soul that is clouded by the desires is darkened in the understanding and allows neither the sun of natural reason nor that of the supernatural Wisdom of God to shine upon it and illumine it clearly.
St. John of the Cross

The soul refrains from the desire to feel or see anything while it is in this loving awareness. The soul does nothing – only receives what is given.
St. John of the Cross

The heart and the joy of will is withdrawn from all that is not God and concentrated on Him alone.
St. John of the Cross

Sensible satisfaction is inconstant and very quick to fail.
St. John of the Cross

…and a few more quotes.

In search of my Love, I will go over mountains and strands;
I will gather no flowers; I will fear no wild beasts;
And pass by the mighty and the frontiers.
St. John of the Cross

Mine are the heavens and mine is the earth; mine are the people, the righteous are mine and mine are the sinners; the angels are mine and the Mother of God, and all things are mine; and God Himself is mine and for me, for Christ is mine and all for me. What then do you ask for and seek, my soul? Yours is all this, and it is all for you.
St. John of the Cross

The more lofty the degree of loving union to which God destines the soul, so much more profound and persistent must be its purification.
St. John of the Cross

To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.
St. John of the Cross

Wisdom enters through love, silence, and mortification. It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
St. John of the Cross

God desires the smallest degree of purity of conscience in you more than all the works you can perform.
St. John of the Cross

A soul enkindled with love is a gentle, meek, humble, and patient soul.
St. John of the Cross

What we need most in order to make progress is to be silent before this great God with our appetite and with our tongue, for the language he best hears is silent love.
St. John of the Cross

In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.
St. John of the Cross

When the soul desires to remain in inward ease and peace, any operation and affection or attention wherein it may then seek to indulge will distract it and disquiet it and make it conscious of aridity and emptiness of sense.
St. John of the Cross