We beseech thee to listen to our prayers, O Lord, and by the grace of thy coming enlighten our darkened minds: You who lives and reigns with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Today we put on joy! Our longing, our penance, our sacrifice in this season is not yet over, but today, this week, we put on joy! We are so close to the Savior’s coming, that we can’t help but rejoice!
Today is also the Feast of St. John of the Cross! St. John was a Spanish Carmelite, contemporary of St. Teresa of Avila, mystic, author and master of contemplative prayer. (and I don’t mean any of that funny stuff that gets passed off as contemplative prayer… I mean the real deal!)
St. John of the Cross may be best known for his writings and teaching on “The Dark Night of the Soul.” No one before or since has done such an adequate job of explaining those periods that we may experience where we have no sense of God’s consolation, but he offers us so much more. His writings are still widely available today. (The Dark Night of the Soul, Spiritual Canticle of the Soul, Bridegroom Christ, The Living Flame of Love, Ascent of Mount Carmel, etc.!)
If you desire to deepen your prayer, your virtue, your spirituality, you can find no better teacher and patron than St. John of the Cross.