First: Apologies for not even posting a saint last week. I’m participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), so my writing energies have been directed elsewhere.
Anyway, tomorrow night, we return to the mystics with the 16th-century Spanish mystics St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross. Someone once said to me, when I was limping my way through The Dark Night of the Soul, that all you really need to do is be able to quote St. John of the Cross to look cool. This is probably true, but our goal is not to look cool; our goal is to progress in virtue and to move closer to the vision of God.
Last week we read Luther’s Preface to St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. We are justified by faith, and that faith, when living and active, will naturally produce good works in accordance with righteousness. The mystics will help us keep our energies directed towards God, help us keep our faith living and active, keep it real. They will also show us one type of the good works, the internal works of the spirit — not to neglect the external, however.