Date(s) - 04/12/2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Carmelite Library


In this Carmelite Conversation we will begin reflecting on the poem called Oh Llama de Amor Viva – O Living Flame of Love, with the guiding principle taken from the commentary of the same name also by Saint John of the Cross and with particular attention to Stanza IV paragraphs 4 and 5: There are many ways in which God awakens in the soul; so many that, if we had to enumerate them, we should never end. But this awakening of the Son of God which the soul here desires to describe, is, as I believe, one of the loftiest and one which brings the most good to the soul. For this awakening is a movement of the Word in the substance [or depth] of the soul of such greatness and dominion and glory, and of such intimate sweetness, that it seems to the soul that all the balms and perfumed spices and flowers in the world are mingled and shaken and revolved together to give that sweetness; and that all the kingdoms and dominions of the world and all the powers and virtues of Heaven are moved. …   …And this is the great delight of this awakening: to know the creatures through God and not God through the creatures; to know the effects through their cause and not the cause through the effects; for the latter knowledge is secondary and this other is essential.  [The Complete works of Saint John of the Cross, translated and edited by Professor Edgar Allison Peers, from the critical edition of Silverio de Santa Teresa, CD, published by Anthony Clarke/Burns & Oates, 1935, 1953, 1978…]

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