St. John of the Cross,mystic, martyr, doctor of the church + 14.December 1591

The more spiritual a man is, the more he discontinues trying to make particular acts with his faculties, for he becomes more engrossed in one general, pure act, a calm and repose of interior quietude.  The soul would want to remain in that unintelligible peace as in its right place. Since people do not understand the mystery of that new experience, they imagine themselves to be idle and doing nothing. They must learn to abide in that quietude with a loving attentiveness to God. At this stage the faculties are at rest and do not work actively but passively, by receiving what God is effecting in them.

O blessed Jesus, give me stillness of soul in You. Let Your mighty calmness reign in me. Rule me, O King of Gentleness, King of Peace. Amen.

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+St. Spyridon

 

R.I.P.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, 1788

George Washington, 1799

Dinah Washington, 1963

Catherine Doherty, 1985

Myrna Loy, 1993

Aloyisus Leon Higginbotham, Jr., 1998

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