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St. John of the CrossThe mystic and poet St. John of the Cross was born on this day in 1542!

Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile. John of the Cross was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered, along with Saint Teresa of Ávila, as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. He is also known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII.  (via Wikipedia)

One of his most famous poems is “Spiritual Canticle,” which can be read in three parts here:
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1) [easyazon-link asin=”B003NSC5IG” locale=”us”]Dark Night of the Soul[/easyazon-link] by St. John of the Cross – $0.99


2) [easyazon-link asin=”B004JHYN7Q” locale=”us”]THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER: Authorized Edition[/easyazon-link] – $2.99


3) [easyazon-link asin=”B007BCF6EU” locale=”us”]When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories[/easyazon-link] by Molly Ringwald – $2.99


4) [easyazon-link asin=”B00A4EWCRQ” locale=”us”]Growing Deeper in our Church Communities: 50 ideas for Connection in a Disconnected Age[/easyazon-link] by ERB Editor Chris Smith – $2.99
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eviewing a prayer book is a bit like reviewing a chainsaw. One can take the chainsaw out of the box, admire its design, feel its heft, but if the fuel and bar oil tanks remain empty, and the saw not started, what’s the use? How does one judge the efficaciousness of a prayer book anyhow? To go further, how does one mark the success of a prayer life?

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St. John of the Cross

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1. On a dark night, Kindled in love with yearnings—oh, happy chance!—
I went forth without being observed, My house being now at rest.


2. In darkness and secure, By the secret ladder, disguised—oh, happy chance!—
In darkness and in concealment, My house being now at rest.


3. In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me,
Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart.


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