February 4th, 2014

the union with God through love

It is 9:49 AM Tuesday morning in the ice flow. It is another bitter cold day here in West Michigan. I wish we had some warm weather. I remember when we would have a February thaw. I doubt if we are going to have any warm February days this year. It is suppose to start snowing by Noon today.

I got up today around 7:15 AM. I seem to be sleeping better these days. Last night I read late into the night, "A Fanatic Heart: Selected Stories Of Edna O'Brien" by Edna O'Brien. I watched television last night and read when I went to bed till I got sleepy.

This morning I made a pot of coffee when I got up and messed with our main computer. I downloaded the new Have A Nice Life record this morning. I have been buying a lot of music lately. I am suppose to get in the mail today the new Xiu Xiu CD. What is weird is that I rarely listen to music. Most of the time I sit in silence in my cell.

I got out this morning to read my all time favorite book titled, "The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross". I plan to read "The Dark Night" by St. John of the Cross. I always find spiritual comfort in the writings of St. John of the Cross. I have been reading St. John of the Cross for 39 years now.

Well I suppose I will close to drift. I have not eaten anything this morning. I picked up Carol around 8:55 AM this morning when she got out of work. Carol has gone to bed for the day. I am once again alone with my thoughts. We are to think God's thoughts. I have the mind of Christ. "For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ." 1 Corinth. 2:16.

I close for now.

St. John of the Cross
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the conduct required of souls in this dark night

It is going on 3 o'clock PM Tuesday afternoon. I have been reading 'The Dark Night' by St. John of the Cross today. I wanted to share this quote from the 'Dark Night' because I found it comforting spiritually speaking.

"1. At the time of the aridities of this sensory night, God makes the exchange we mentioned[1] by withdrawing the soul from the life of the senses and placing it in that of spirit - that is, he brings it from meditation to contemplation - where the soul no longer has the power to work or meditate with its faculties on the things of God. Spiritual persons suffer considerable affliction in this night, owing not so much to the aridities they undergo as to their fear of having gone astray. Since they do not find any support or satisfaction in good things, they believe there will be no more spiritual blessings for them and that God has abandoned them.

They then grow weary and strive, as was their custom, to concentrate their faculties with some satisfaction on a subject of meditation, and they think that if they do not do this and do not feel that they are at work, they are doing nothing. This effort of theirs is accompanied by an interior reluctance and repugnance on the part of the soul, for it would be pleased to dwell in that quietude and idleness without working with the faculties.

They consequently impair God's work and do not profit by their own. In searching for spirit, they lose the spirit that was the source of their tranquility and peace. They are like someone who turns from what has already been done in order to do it again, or like one who leaves a city only to re-enter it, or they are like a hunter who abandons the prey in order to go hunting again. It is useless, then, for the soul to try to meditate because it will no longer profit by this exercise.

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