St. John of the Cross

Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest

Lived from: 1542-1591

Category: Theologians and clergy

Quotes: St. John of the Cross

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    It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and to look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others.
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    Abide in peace, banish cares, take no account of all that happens, and you will serve God according to his good pleasure and rest in him.
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    He who interrupts the course of his spiritual exercises and prayer is like a man who allows a bird to escape from his hand; he can hardly catch it again.
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    If you purify your soul of attachment to and desire for things, you will understand them spiritually. If you deny your appetite for them, you will enjoy their truth, understanding what is certain in them.
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    In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.
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    In tribulation immediately draw near to God with confidence, and you will receive strength, enlightenment, and instruction.
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    Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved.
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    Take God for your spouse and friend and walk with him continually, and you will not sin and will learn to love, and the things you must do will work out prosperously for you.
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