Monday, December 14, 2015

John of the Cross: the sole means

Monday, December 14, 2015
    Feast of John of the Cross, Mystic, Poet, Teacher, 1591
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
    —Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
    Faith is the sole proximate and proportionate means of the soul’s union with God, seeing that there is no other alternative, but that God is either seen, or believed in.
    ... St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), The Ascent of Mount Carmel, London: Thomas Baker, 1906, p. 99 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 11:1; Luke 1:45; John 20:29; 2 Cor. 5:7; Heb. 11:6; 1 Pet. 1:8-9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have blessed those who believe though we have not seen.
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