To come to be what you are not
you must go by a way in which you are not.

– St John of the Cross







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the cross

In contemplation you learn to abandon and forget your own self, after the teaching of Christ in the Gospel, who said: “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Wait on the grace of the Lord and hear what he says: “ If … Continue reading the cross


All that lies around us is false and vain. All the affairs of the world are but shadows, yet we still persist in looking at them as if they had an intrinsic value and reality. The result is that everything remains a riddle to us and we behave like fools. What we should do is … Continue reading phantasmagoria

just for a moment

Seldom do we find a person so spiritual that he lives stripped of everything. Who can find someone truly poor in spirit and totally detached from all the things of this world? His price is well beyond anything on earth! If a person were to give up all possessions, that would still be nothing. If … Continue reading just for a moment

method of ascent

  One has to follow this method… this method of emptying the faculties of their natural occupations to make room for illumination. Remain alone in a loving awareness, without particular considerations, in interior quiet, without the acts and exercises of the faculties. Remain only in general loving awareness, without any particular knowledge or understanding. The … Continue reading method of ascent

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