John of the Cross Quotes

"He who avoids prayer is avoiding everything that is good."

"If you lose an opportunity you will be like one who lets the bird fly away; you will never get it back."

"In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human success, but rather on how much we have loved."

"At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity."

"The purest suffering bears and carries in its train the purest understanding."

"If you do not learn to deny yourself, you can make no progress in perfection."

"Faith is a dark night for man, but in this very way it gives him light."

"Who teaches the soul if not God?"

"Not to follow the advice of our confessor is pride and a want of faith."

"He who loves is not ashamed before men of what he does for God, neither does he hide it through shame though the whole world should condemn it."

"Seek in reading and thou shalt find in meditation; knock in prayer and it shall be opened in contemplation."

"Desolation is a file, and the endurance of darkness is preparation for great light."

"My spirit has become dry because it forgets to feed on You."

"Strive always to confess your sins with a deep knowledge of your own wretchedness and with clarity and purity."

"Never relax, for you will not attain to the possession of true spiritual delights if first you do not learn to deny your every desire."

"Faith is the union of God and the soul."

"There is nothing better or more necessary than love."

"Love consists not in feeling great things but in having great detachment and in suffering for the Beloved."

"Have a great love for those who contradict and fail to love you, for in this way love is begotten in a heart that has no love."

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