Saint John of the Cross: The Choice Between God and Self

God is especially close to us in our darker times.

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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5 Responses to Saint John of the Cross: The Choice Between God and Self

  1. mkenny114 says:

    Thanks for the re-blog BB ūüôā


  2. A good essay, Brother Burrito. I wonder what the “securities and supports” are that we should let go of.


  3. mkenny114 says:


    I think the nature of the securities and supports one should let go of really depends upon the person. What Saint John of the Cross was concerned with is the extent to which anything in one’s life (both active and contemplative) might become an obstacle to our faith in God, insofar as we are very prone to place our trust in things which make us feel comfortable or seem familiar, and that this is essentially an extension of a more fundamental self-orientation.

    As our inner vision becomes progressively more purified, it will become apparent that more and more things, a great many of them good in and of themselves, are acting as such obstacles, until (in the dark night of the soul) one is walking solely by the light of faith, with no hint of self-reliance at all. Most of us will not enter into these contemplative depths of course, which is why Saint John is also equally insistent that the self-abandonment experienced in contemplative prayer is also mirrored in our everyday experiences of suffering and dereliction; that because of the Cross, God is, paradoxically, especially close to us in those dark moments when all we have to cling to is our faith in Him.


  4. Wise words, mkenny114. Thank you.


  5. mkenny114 says:

    Thanks Robert ūüôā


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