Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

St John of the Cross: Novena Preparations!

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:

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