On Sunday, Robin Hilton of NPR’s All Songs Considered posed the question, “What Was the Most Important Band of Your College Years?” and answered with U2. This, coupled along with my 25th high school reunion coming up this weekend, made … Continue reading
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Last night after listening to a playlist by the editors of MOG on the Martin Luther King Jr., I decided to create my own, which I called “For The Rev. Martin Luther King…Sing.” Naturally at the top of the list … Continue reading
Each Friday, I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past … Continue reading
Stanza 38 and Commentary On It in The Spiritual Canticle by St. John of the Cross
My commentary on Note 7 and 8
Earlier in Stanza 7 of The Spiritual Canticle, when St. John of the Cross references “I-don’t-know-what,” he explains it as “something unknown still to be spoken, and a sublime trace of God as yet uninvestigated but revealed to the soul, a lofty understanding of God that cannot be put into words.”
One almost cannot help but laugh as St. John and we ourselves try to discover that what he again references here, that I-don-t-know-what referenced earlier — because great joy is found in the search for God. Hannah Hurnard’s classic Hind’s Feet Upon High Places comes to mind and is reminiscent of those high places to which I run, hike and crawl today (written before I go up a local mountain, Mount Tom, this morning)…
although (written after I go up Mount Tom this morning) it is not always a joy getting there and somewhere in the midst of my struggling to get there, I forget God. But then I realize that I am forgetting God which I believe, in an odd way, helps me turn back to God.
My spiritual director mentioned the other day something to the same effect, about a Jesuit brother, I believe, saying that when those distractions come, as they will, and then we turn back to God, God honors that and He loves us all the more for turning back to Him.
Let me keep turning to You, Lord, to what I don’t know but that for which I am constantly searching.