Wisdom of St. John of the Cross

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“A soul that walks in love neither rests nor grows tired.”

“The more intense a man’s faith, the closer is his union with God.

“God does not fit in an occupied heart.”

“From my observations, Christ is to a great extent unknown by those who consider themselves His friends.  Because of their extreme self-love, they go about seeking Him in their own consolations and satisfactions.  But they do not seek, out of great love for Him, His bitter trials and death.”

“What profit is it that thou gives one thin to god if He asks of thee another? Consider that which will please God and do it; in this way thou will better satisfy thy heart that with that to which thou inclinest.”

“Have an intimate desire that His Majesty grant you what He knows you lack for His honor… Perfection does not lie in the virtues that soul knows it has but in the virtues which Our Lord sees in it.  This is a closed book.”

“If you want devotion to be born in your spirit, and the love of God and desire for divine things to grow, cleanse your soul of every desire, attachments and pretensions, so that you care nothing for anything.”

“He who seeks not the Cross of Christ seeks not the glory of Christ.”

“Do not go in pursuit of Him outside of yourself.  You will only become distracted and wearied, and you will not find Him, nor enjoy Him more securely nor sooner, nor more intimately than by seeking Him within you.”

“It is very important and fitting, if you desire to possess profound peace in your soul and attain perfection, that you surrender your whole will to God, that it may thus be united with Him.”

“When the spiritual person cannot meditate, he should learn to remain in God’s presence with a loving attention and tranquil intellect, even though he seems to himself to be idle.  For little by little and very soon the divine calm and peace with a wondrous, sublime knowledge of God, enveloped in divine love, will be infused into his soul.”

“In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more.”


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