Memorial of St. John of the Cross - 14th December
And the disciples put this question to him, 'Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?'
He replied, 'Elijah is indeed coming, and he will set everything right again;
however, I tell you that Elijah has come already and they did not recognise him but treated him as they pleased; and the Son of man will suffer similarly at their hands.'
Then the disciples understood that he was speaking of John the Baptist.
St. John of the Cross said “My sole occupation is love. All my occupation now is the practice of the love of God, all the powers of soul and body, memory, understanding, and will, interior and exterior senses, the desires of spirit and of sense, all work in and by love. All I do is done in love; all I suffer, I suffer in the sweetness of love.” The love of God is what brings us through the darkness, His love for us. In our universal call to holiness is a call to love, to love God.
The most well-known work of St. John of the Cross is probably his Dark Night of the Soul. Many saints experienced such darkness (St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Paul of the Cross, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, to name a few). The thing about darkness though is that it can be conquered. The Dark Night of the Soul ends in the triumph of light over the darkness. It is when it is hardest to do so that we must cling to Jesus even more, because He is our light. He can deliver us from the darkness.
Advent Advantage: Meditate on times you have faced spiritual darkness and how you felt God’s love and light in your life again. Pray the Litany of the Love of God.