Novena to St. John of the Cross
The Feast Day of St. John of the Cross is December 14. That means that tomorrow is the day to begin a novena in preparation for his feast.
I’ve been struggling a bit with prayer. Thus, I am going about a spiritual preparation for the Feast Day of St. John of the Cross in a different way. Rather than the typical novena, I am going to focus on the writings of St. John. I find myself drawn to his “Degrees of Perfection” as written in “Counsels to a Religious.” This link has the Counsels in entirety and its source is the same book from which I’m reading.
St. John of the Cross writes seventeen different degrees; I will choose nine – one for each day of the novena. I’ll jot down my initial, fairly generic, thoughts about each degree I’ve chosen. I shan’t write down all my thoughts, never fear, primarily because I want to avoid the impression that I’m trying to set myself up as an enlightened spiritual director. I’m not. I’m a spiritual neophyte with a blog. As well, this is meant to be a focus on the writing of St. John of the Cross, not my interpretation of those writings. Then, I will end each mini-reflection with a quote by St. John of the Cross. This quote will come from somewhere in his writings other than “Counsels to a Religious.”
Here are other sources of novenas to St. John of the Cross: