Words of Wisdom – St John of the Cross


St. John of the Cross

‘Everything I do I do with love & everything I suffer I suffer with the delight of Love’


‘Happy is the life & state & happy the person who attains it where everything is now the substance of love’


‘What does it profit to give God one thing if he asks of you another?  Consider what it is God wants & then do it!’


‘God repays trials very well w/ divine goods for soul & body – there is not a trial which does not have a corresponding & considerable reward’


‘To love is to labour to divest & deprive oneself for God of all that is not God.’


‘When evening comes, you will be examined in love.  Learn to love, as God desires to be loved & abandon our own ways of acting.’


‘Strive to preserve your heart in peace; let no event of this world disturb it; reflect that all must come to an end.’


johnofcross6‘ Imitate Christ, who is supremely perfect & holy & you will never err.’


‘Reveal Your presence & may the vision of Your beauty be my death for the sickness of love is not cured except by Your presence & image.’


‘God sustains every soul & dwells in it substantially, even though it may be the greatest sinner in the world.’


‘In all our necessities, trials, & difficulties, no better or safer aid exists for us than prayer & hope.’


‘People should not rejoice over riches, neither when they possess them nor when their neighbour possesses them unless God is served through them.’


‘The appetites are wearisome & tiring.  They resemble little children, restless & hard to please, always whining to their mother for this & that & are never satisfied.’


                                                                                                                                   St Teresa & St John

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‘Love of God is the soul’s health, & the soul does not have full health until love is complete.’


‘God dwells secretly in all souls & is hidden in their substance, for otherwise they would not last.’


‘A soul enkindled with love is a gentle, meek, humble, and patient soul.’


‘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 the silent language of love.’


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