Sayings of Light and Love

Sayings of Light and Love

WHOEVER KNOWS HOW TO DIE IN ALL,

WILL HAVE

LIFE IN ALL.

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JOHN OF THE CROSS

WHOEVER

FLEES

PRAYER

FLEES

ALL THAT IS GOOD.

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JOHN OF THE CROSS

THE SOLITARY BIRD

THE TRAITS OF THE SOLIATRY BIRD ARE FIVE;

FIRST, IT SEEKS THE HIGHEST PLACE

SECOND, IT WITHSTANDS NO COMPANY

THIRD, IT HOLDS ITS BEAK IN THE AIR

FOURTH, IT HAS NO DEFINATE COLOUR

FIFTH, IT SINGS SWEETLY.

THESE TRAITS MUST BE POSSESSED BY THE CONTEMPLATIVE SOUL.

IT MUST RISE ABOVE PASSING THINGS, PAYING NO MORE HEED TO THEM THAN IF THEY DO NOT EXIST.

IT MUST LIKEWISE BE SO FOND OF SILENCE AND SOLITUDE THAT IS DOES NOT TOLERATE THE COMPANY OF ANOTHER CREATURE.

IT MUST HOLD ITS BEAK IN THE AIR OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, RESPONDING TO HIS INSPIRATIONS, THAT BY DOING SO IT BECOMES WORTHY OF HIS COMPANY.

IT MUST HAVE NO DEFINITE COLOUR, DESIRING TO DO NOTHING DEFINITE OTHER THAN THE WILL OF GOD.

IT MUST SING SWEETLY IN THE CONTEMPLATION AND LOVE OF ITS BRIDEGROOM.

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JOHN OF THE CROSS

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