In honour of his feast, I present to you a post from 2010. Enjoy this great Spanish mystic!!
My first encounter with St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) was musical, in Thunder Bay at a Steve Bell concert where Steve performed ‘Dark Night of the Soul,’ based on St. John’s poem of the same name. Later, I was to encounter this mystic saint through the similarly folksy music of John Michael Talbot. I found the image of the dark night and the discovery of the beloved quite irresistible.
I next encountered him in the written translation of his poetry in a slim volume of his poems given me by my friend Emily. Although I was to lose this book and The Way of a Pilgrim in a misguided use of cargo pockets on my trousers to carry books, its brief time in my life was a blessing. His vivid and almost (dare one say it?) erotic imagery of the relationship between the soul and God was powerful for…
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