Letter #128, 2022, Wednesday, December 14: Vatican Fraud
Today is the Feast of St. John of the Cross (1542-1591).
John of the Cross is most famous for his book The Dark Night of the Soul, a central work in the history of Christian mysticism… that is, in the writing about the search for God, and the finding of God.
The Encyclopedia Brittanica writes (link):
“John schematized the steps of mystical ascent—a self-communion that in quietude leads the individual from the inharmonious distractions of the world to the sublime peace of reunion between the soul and God.
“John’s schematization combines a poetic sensitivity for the nuances of mystical experience with a theological and philosophical precision guided by his study of St. Thomas Aquinas.
“By virtue of his intense poems — Cántico espiritual (“The Spiritual Canticle”), Noche oscura del alma (“The Dark Night of the Soul”), and Llama de amor viva (“The Living Flame of Love”) — he achieves preeminence in Spanish mystical literature, expressing the experience of the mystical union between the soul and Christ.
“In (the poem) Noche oscura, perhaps his best-known work, he describes the process by which the soul sheds its attachment to everything and eventually passes through a personal experience of Christ’s Crucifixion to His glory. The lyric consists of eight stanzas ‘in which the soul sings of the fortunate adventure that it had in passing through the dark night of faith…to union with the Beloved.’”
So, we should remember that the “dark night of the soul” in John of the Cross is not a night to fear, filled with emptiness, with suffering, but rather a night to rejoice in, because it is the night in which the soul seeks, and finally finds, God.
John of the Cross was a friend of the great Spanish mystic saint, St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582, link), who wrote The Interior Castle and The Way of Perfection.
Fray Diego, one of Teresa’s former confessors, wrote that God had revealed to Teresa:
“…a most beautiful crystal globe, made in the shape of a castle, and containing seven mansions, in the seventh and innermost of which was the King of Glory, in the greatest splendour, illumining and beautifying them all. The nearer one got to the centre, the stronger was the light; outside the palace limits everything was foul, dark and infested with toads, vipers and other venomous creatures.”
So these two saints, friends, both emphasized the need for the soul to “shed its attachment to everything” and set out to ascend toward an encounter with God.
Below is a brief report on a matter that has just been reported concerning the Vatican today. —RM
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