Sayings of Light and Love Number 7
from Saint John of the Cross
Sayings of Light and Love Number 7 from Saint John of the Cross, Doctor of the Church, Mystical Doctor:
The virtuous soul that is alone and without a master (a spiritual director) is like a burning coal; it will grow colder rather than hotter.
Saint John of the Cross, O.C.D. (1542-1591), a Spanish priest and Doctor of the Church, considered to be the Doctor of Mystical Theology, was a reformer of the Carmelite Order, along with Saint Teresa of Avila (Saint Teresa of Jesus), who founded the Discalced Carmelites. He is known as the Doctor of Mystical Theology and is particularly famous for his writings (especially his poetry), including: The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Counsels to a Religious, Dark Night of the Soul, Living Flame of Love, Precautions (Cautions), Spiritual Canticle, Spiritual Maxims: Words of Light, Points of Love and Other Counsels. He was very familiar with St. Thomas Aquinas’ “Summa”. He was canonized in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1926 by Pope Pius XI, after consultation with Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.