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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – The Poem

The Poem: One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings – ah, the sheer grace! – I went out unseen, my house being now all stilled. In darkness, and secure, by the secret ladder, disguised, – ah, the sheer grace! … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 23

To Pastors and Teachers If all who laboured for the conversion of others were to introduce them immediately into Prayer and the Interior Life, and make it their main design to gain and win over the heart, numberless as well … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 22

Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 21

The Noble Results of this Species of Prayer Some persons, when they hear of the prayer of silence, falsely imagine, that the soul remains stupid, dead, and inactive. But, unquestionably, it acteth therein, more nobly and more extensively than it … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 19

Of Distractions and Temptations A direct contest and struggle with distractions and temptations rather serves to augment them, and withdraws the soul from that adherence to God, which should ever be its principal occupation. The surest and safest method for … Continue reading Continue reading

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