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14 December

14/12/2012 12:01 am

Heart of flowers

Anyone who follows you, Lord, will have the light of life. Jn 8:12


Psalm 1:1-4
Two ways of living

1Happy indeed is the man
who follows not the counsel of the wicked;
nor lingers in the way of sinners
nor sits in the company of scorners,
2but whose delight is in the law of the Lord
and who ponders his law day and night.

3He is like a tree that is planted
beside the flowing waters,
that yields its fruit in due season
and whose leaves shall never fade;
and all that he does shall prosper.
4Not so are the wicked, not so!

© 'The Psalms', Grail Translation 2003 - CTS


The saint of the day is St John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church.

"..John is considered one of the most important lyric poets of Spanish literature. His major works are four: The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love.

In The Spiritual Canticle St John presents the process of the soul’s purification and that is the gradual, joyful possession of God, until the soul succeeds in feeling that it loves God with the same love with which it is loved by him. The Living Flame of Love continues in this perspective, describing in greater detail the state of the transforming union with God.

The example that John uses is always that of fire: just as the stronger the fire burns and consumes wood, the brighter it grows until it blazes into a flame, so the Holy Spirit, who purifies and “cleanses” the soul during the dark night, with time illuminates and warms it as though it were a flame. The life of the soul is a continuous celebration of the Holy Spirit which gives us a glimpse of the glory of union with God in eternity.."

Benedict XVI, General Audience - Paul VI Audience Hall
Wednesday, 16 February 2011

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