I haven't considered any new reflections of St. John's writings, as I did last year. So my plan is to re-read the quotes I chose then, with the novena prayers that were posted at the St. Louis OCDS website a few years ago.
From last year:
I find myself drawn to [St. John's]“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.”