a tranquility and quietude in divine light

It is now in the flow of Light 4:23 PM Monday late afternoon. I was thinking today about what St. John of the Cross wrote about spiritual illumination so I have been looking at "The Collected Works Of St. John of the Cross" his mystical treatise THE SPIRITUAL CANTICLE. I have quoting here different Christians on spiritual illumination so as to show that throughout the the history of God's people, they all have experienced spiritual illumination which takes place at regeneration and conversion. We have several times quoted the apostle Paul who wrote to the Corinthian church, "For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" 2 Corinth. 4:6. Being a Christian is seeking to be like Christ. We become like the Lord Jesus by beholding His divine glory revealed in the Bible and in a contemplative state. "Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord" 2 Corinth. 3:17,18. Also the apostle Paul (the Lord Jesus) "For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light" Ephesians 5:8.

I will now quote from THE SPIRITUAL CANTICLE by St. John of the Cross-

"22. The tranquil night

In this spiritual sleep in the bosom of the Beloved, the soul possesses and relishes all the tranquility, rest, and quietude of the peaceful night; and she receives in God, together with this peace, a fathomless and obscure knowledge. As a result she says that her Beloved is a tranquil night to her.

23. At the time of the rising dawn.

Yet she does not say that the tranquil night is equivalent to a dark night, but rather, that is like the night that has reached the time of the rising dawn. This quietude and tranquility in God is not entirely obscure to the soul as is a dark night; but it is a tranquility and quietude in divine light, in the new knowledge of God, in which the spirit elevated to the divine light is in quiet.

She very appropriately calls this divine light "the rising dawn," which means the morning. Just as the rise of morning dispels the darkness of night and unveils the light of day, so this spirit quieted and put to rest in God, is elevated from the darkness of natural knowledge to the morning light of the supernatural knowledge of God. This morning light is not clear, as was said, but dark as night at the time of the rising dawn. Just as the night at the rise of dawn is not entirely night or entirely day, but is, as they say, at the break of day, so this divine solitude and tranquility, informed by the divine light, has some share in that light, but not its complete clarity.

24. In this tranquility the intellect is aware of being elevated, with strange newness, above all natural understanding to the divine light, just as person who after a long sleep opens his eyes to the unexpected light." St. John of the Cross

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