First know the kingdom of heaven.
Take up your cross, lose yourself.
Renounce self daily.
Take nothing for the journey: neither staff, nor haversack, nor bread, nor money; and let none of you take a spare tunic.
Do not to worry about your life
and what you are to eat,
nor about your body
and how you are to clothe it.
Do not worry about tomorrow.
To the man who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek too;
to the man who takes your coat from you, do not refuse your shirt.
Give to everyone who asks you,
– do not ask for your property back from the man who robs you.
– lend without any hope of return.
Love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those who curse you,
pray for those who treat you badly.
The soul is withdrawn from its customary manner of experience to bring it to the divine experience which is foreign to every human way. You are being made a stranger to your usual knowledge and experience of things so that annihilated in this respect you may be informed with the divine.
- St John of the Cross. (Dark Night II 9:5)