"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."

Thomas á Kempis

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."

St Augustine

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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 St John of the Cross   (1542 - 1591)

 

THE SPIRITUAL CANTICLE

by St John of the Cross

CONTENTS

 

Introduction To The Spiritual Canticle

Prologue to the Spiritual Canticle

Stanzas between the Soul and the Bridegroom (The whole canticle)

STANZA 1
The Search for the Beloved (stanzas 1-12).

The initial burst into song; the bride laments the absence of her bridegroom.

First steps of the spiritual journey.

Longings and the weariness of impatient love.

 

STANZA 2

STANZA 3

STANZA 4

STANZA 5

STANZA 6

STANZA 7

STANZA 8

STANZA 9

STANZA 10

STANZA 11

STANZA 12

STANZA 13

Preparations for Perfect Union (stanzas 13-21).

Encounters of loving union. Urgent desires for complete freedom from inner and outer obstacles.
 

STANZAS 14 and 15
STANZA 16
STANZA 17
STANZA 18
STANZA 19
STANZAS 20 and 21
STANZA 22

Full Union (stanzas 22-40).

The mutual, total surrender and gift of self in spiritual marriage.

Comparison of the present with the past.

Delights of union and desires for the vision of glory.


 

STANZA 23
STANZA 24
STANZA 25
STANZA 26
STANZA 27
STANZA 28
STANZA 29
STANZA 30
STANZA 31
STANZA 32
STANZA 33
STANZA 34
STANZA 35
STANZA 36
STANZA 37
STANZA 38
STANZA 39
STANZA 40
   
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