Tuesday, June 29, 2010

John of the Cross: seeing God clearly

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
    Feast of Peter & Paul, Apostles
    “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
    —Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
    One of the greatest favors bestowed on the soul transiently in this life is to enable it to see so distinctly and to feel so profoundly that it cannot comprehend God at all. These souls are herein somewhat like the saints in heaven, where they who know Him most perfectly perceive most clearly that He is infinitely incomprehensible; for those who have the less clear vision do not perceive so clearly as do these others how greatly He transcends their vision.
    ... St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), The Spiritual Canticle, VII.9 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, without Your revelation, I could know nothing of You.
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