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Saint John of the Cross - I give myself as your spouse for ever
I give myself as your spouse for ever
I give myself as your spouse for ever
I give myself as your spouse for ever
 
 


 
From The Spiritual Canticles by Saint John of the Cross, presbyter

The inhaling of the air

This inhaling or breathing of the air is an ability of the Holy Spirit, which here asks the soul to love God perfectly. It is called inhaling of the air because it is a most delicate touch and sentiment of love that naturally causes in the soul the desire (aspiration) to communicate with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in turn, in a manner analogous to breathing, with its Divine Breath, elevates the soul most highly and informs (enlightens) her, since the soul breathes in God the same breath of love that the Father breathes in the Son and the Son in the Father, which is the Holy Spirit itself. All three inhale, breathe, aspire to elevate the soul into her divine transformation. This is because there would be no true transformation if the soul did not
unite and transform in the Holy Spirit as with the other two Divine Persons, although in this life this does not take place in such a high glory and a deep and elevated delight, due to the manifest lowliness and overall condition of this terrestrial existence. And, this transformation is such a high glory and such a profound and elevated delight, that there is no mortal tongue fit to describe it, nor can human understanding comprehend it, to the extent that a small part of it can be grasped at all.

In the transformation that the soul possesses in this life, the same aspiration passes from God to the soul and from the soul to God with notable frequency and blissful love, although not in the open and manifest degree proper to the next life. This is what I understand Saint Paul meant to express (Gal. 4, 6) when he said: insofar as you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, clamoring in prayer to Abba, the Father. This is true of the Blessed in the next life and of the perfected ones in this life, in accordance to the ways described.

One need not marvel at how the soul can achieve such a lofty and sublime state, given that God grants her the mercy to be deified and united in the Most Holy Trinity; God becomes an active participant. How incredible it is that in such a soul His work of understanding, knowledge and love is operating, in the Trinity which is united with her, just as with the Persons of the Trinity. God is participating and working within that same soul.

No knowledge or power can describe how this happens, unless by explaining how the Son of God attained and merited such a high state for us, the power to be children of God, as Saint John (Jn. 1: 12) says: Father, I want that where I am, those You have given me may also be with Me, that they may see the glory and clarity You have given Me; (Jn. 17: 24) that is, that they perform by participation with us (the Trinity) the same work that I (the Son) do by my own nature, which is to aspire, to breathe the Holy Spirit. Moreover, John adds more: (Jn. 17: 20-23) Father, I do not just plead for these that are present; I also plead for those that are to believe by Your doctrine in Me, that they may all be one substance - in the same manner that You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they be in us and us in them as one substance. And the glory and clarity that you have given Me, I have given them, so that they be as one substance, just as We are one; I am in them and You in Me, because they are perfect in that union, as One; so that the world may know that You have sent me, and You loved me. Thus, as You have loved Me, by communicating that same love that You communicated to Me - although naturally not the same, You have loved them by the workings of unity and by the transforming power of love.

It is also understood here that the Son is not asking the Father that the saints be in essence and nature as the Father and Son are, but that rather they be in union by reason of love, just as the Father and the Son are united in love.

Accordingly, souls possess the same goods by participation that the Son possesses by nature. As a result, they are truly divine by participation, and are equals and companions of God. From this Saint Peter (2 Pt. 1: 2-4) said: May grace and peace be fulfilled and perfected in you in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord, in the manner that these things are given to us by all the attributes of His Divine Virtue for life and piety, by the knowledge of the One who called us with His own proper glory and virtue, through which great and promises He deigned; all this so that by these things we are made companions of the Divine Nature. This nature is to make the soul a participant in God operating in Him, the Son, and accompanied by Him: the work of the Most Holy Trinity, in the manner we have already described, by cause of the substantial union between the soul and God. This union, perfectly fulfilled in the next life, in this life can nevertheless attain a great foretaste when one reaches perfection, in the way we have described, although as we have said, it is indescribable.

O souls created and raised for these grandeurs and called to them! What are you doing? In what are you entertaining yourselves? Your pretentions are base acts, and your possessions, miseries. O miserable blindness of the eyes of your souls, since with so much light you are blind and for such great voices you are deaf; not seeing that insofar as you seek greatness and glory, you become miserable and lowly, deprived of so many true goods, made ignorant and indignant! Follow the second thing that the soul asks for, which is:

The song of the sweet nightingale

What is born in the soul from that inhaling of the air is the song of the sweet nightingale. As the song of the nightingale is heard in the spring, when the cold and rain of the winter have passed, the song of the nightingale is melody to the ear and recreation for the spirit; in this same way the actual communication and transformation of love, the Wife, now protected and free of all imperfections, pains and natural darkness, feels a new spring in her spirit, within which she feels the sweet voice of the Husband, which is her sweet nightingale, refreshing and renewing the very substance of her soul, saying (Cant. 2: 10-12): behold my beloved speaks to me: arise, make haste, my love, my beautiful one, and come. For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.



 
 
 


From The Spiritual Canticles by Saint John of the Cross, presbyter

The inhaling of the air

This inhaling or breathing of the air is an ability of the Holy Spirit, which here asks the soul to love God perfectly. It is called inhaling of the air because it is a most delicate touch and sentiment of love that naturally causes in the soul the desire (aspiration) to communicate with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in turn, in a manner analogous to breathing, with its Divine Breath, elevates the soul most highly and informs (enlightens) her, since the soul breathes in God the same breath of love that the Father breathes in the Son and the Son in the Father, which is the Holy Spirit itself. All three inhale, breathe, aspire to elevate the soul into her divine transformation. This is because there would be no true transformation if the soul did not unite and transform in the Holy Spirit as with the other two Divine Persons, although in this life this does not take place in such a high glory and a deep and elevated delight, due to the manifest lowliness and overall condition of this terrestrial existence. And, this transformation is such a high glory and such a profound and elevated delight, that there is no mortal tongue fit to describe it, nor can human understanding comprehend it, to the extent that a small part of it can be grasped at all.

In the transformation that the soul possesses in this life, the same aspiration passes from God to the soul and from the soul to God with notable frequency and blissful love, although not in the open and manifest degree proper to the next life. This is what I understand Saint Paul meant to express (Gal. 4, 6) when he said: insofar as you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, clamoring in prayer to Abba, the Father. This is true of the Blessed in the next life and of the perfected ones in this life, in accordance to the ways described.

One need not marvel at how the soul can achieve such a lofty and sublime state, given that God grants her the mercy to be deified and united in the Most Holy Trinity; God becomes an active participant. How incredible it is that in such a soul His work of understanding, knowledge and love is operating, in the Trinity which is united with her, just as with the Persons of the Trinity. God is participating and working within that same soul.

No knowledge or power can describe how this happens, unless by explaining how the Son of God attained and merited such a high state for us, the power to be children of God, as Saint John (Jn. 1: 12) says: Father, I want that where I am, those You have given me may also be with Me, that they may see the glory and clarity You have given Me; (Jn. 17: 24) that is, that they perform by participation with us (the Trinity) the same work that I (the Son) do by my own nature, which is to aspire, to breathe the Holy Spirit. Moreover, John adds more: (Jn. 17: 20-23) Father, I do not just plead for these that are present; I also plead for those that are to believe by Your doctrine in Me, that they may all be one substance - in the same manner that You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they be in us and us in them as one substance. And the glory and clarity that you have given Me, I have given them, so that they be as one substance, just as We are one; I am in them and You in Me, because they are perfect in that union, as One; so that the world may know that You have sent me, and You loved me. Thus, as You have loved Me, by communicating that same love that You communicated to Me - although naturally not the same, You have loved them by the workings of unity and by the transforming power of love.

It is also understood here that the Son is not asking the Father that the saints be in essence and nature as the Father and Son are, but that rather they be in union by reason of love, just as the Father and the Son are united in love.

Accordingly, souls possess the same goods by participation that the Son possesses by nature. As a result, they are truly divine by participation, and are equals and companions of God. From this Saint Peter (2 Pt. 1: 2-4) said: May grace and peace be fulfilled and perfected in you in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord, in the manner that these things are given to us by all the attributes of His Divine Virtue for life and piety, by the knowledge of the One who called us with His own proper glory and virtue, through which great and promises He deigned; all this so that by these things we are made companions of the Divine Nature. This nature is to make the soul a participant in God operating in Him, the Son, and accompanied by Him: the work of the Most Holy Trinity, in the manner we have already described, by cause of the substantial union between the soul and God. This union, perfectly fulfilled in the next life, in this life can nevertheless attain a great foretaste when one reaches perfection, in the way we have described, although as we have said, it is indescribable.

O souls created and raised for these grandeurs and called to them! What are you doing? In what are you entertaining yourselves? Your pretentions are base acts, and your possessions, miseries. O miserable blindness of the eyes of your souls, since with so much light you are blind and for such great voices you are deaf; not seeing that insofar as you seek greatness and glory, you become miserable and lowly, deprived of so many true goods, made ignorant and indignant! Follow the second thing that the soul asks for, which is:

The song of the sweet nightingale

What is born in the soul from that inhaling of the air is the song of the sweet nightingale. As the song of the nightingale is heard in the spring, when the cold and rain of the winter have passed, the song of the nightingale is melody to the ear and recreation for the spirit; in this same way the actual communication and transformation of love, the Wife, now protected and free of all imperfections, pains and natural darkness, feels a new spring in her spirit, within which she feels the sweet voice of the Husband, which is her sweet nightingale, refreshing and renewing the very substance of her soul, saying (Cant. 2: 10-12): behold my beloved speaks to me: arise, make haste, my love, my beautiful one, and come. For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.






From The Spiritual Canticles by Saint John of the Cross, presbyter

The inhaling of the air

This inhaling or breathing of the air is an ability of the Holy Spirit, which here asks the soul to love God perfectly. It is called inhaling of the air because it is a most delicate touch and sentiment of love that naturally causes in the soul the desire (aspiration) to communicate with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit in turn, in a manner analogous to breathing, with its Divine Breath, elevates the soul most highly and informs (enlightens) her, since the soul breathes in God the same breath of love that the Father breathes in the Son and the Son in the Father, which is the Holy Spirit itself. All three inhale, breathe, aspire to elevate the soul into her divine transformation. This is because there would be no true transformation if the soul did not unite and transform in the Holy Spirit as with the other two Divine Persons, although in this life this does not take place in such a high glory and a deep and elevated delight, due to the manifest lowliness and overall condition of this terrestrial existence. And, this transformation is such a high glory and such a profound and elevated delight, that there is no mortal tongue fit to describe it, nor can human understanding comprehend it, to the extent that a small part of it can be grasped at all.

In the transformation that the soul possesses in this life, the same aspiration passes from God to the soul and from the soul to God with notable frequency and blissful love, although not in the open and manifest degree proper to the next life. This is what I understand Saint Paul meant to express (Gal. 4, 6) when he said: insofar as you are children of God, God has sent into your hearts the Spirit of His Son, clamoring in prayer to Abba, the Father. This is true of the Blessed in the next life and of the perfected ones in this life, in accordance to the ways described.

One need not marvel at how the soul can achieve such a lofty and sublime state, given that God grants her the mercy to be deified and united in the Most Holy Trinity; God becomes an active participant. How incredible it is that in such a soul His work of understanding, knowledge and love is operating, in the Trinity which is united with her, just as with the Persons of the Trinity. God is participating and working within that same soul.

No knowledge or power can describe how this happens, unless by explaining how the Son of God attained and merited such a high state for us, the power to be children of God, as as Saint John (Jn. 1: 12) says: Father, I want that where I am, those You have given me may also be with Me, that they may see the glory and clarity You have given Me; (Jn. 17: 24) that is, that they perform by participation with us (the Trinity) the same work that I (the Son) do by my own nature, which is to aspire, to breathe the Holy Spirit. Moreover, John adds more: (Jn. 17: 20-23) Father, I do not just plead for these that are present; I also plead for those that are to believe by Your doctrine in Me, that they may all be one substance - in the same manner that You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they be in us and us in them as one substance. And the glory and clarity that you have given Me, I have given them, so that they be as one substance, just as We are one; I am in them and You in Me, because they are perfect in that union, as One; so that the world may know that You have sent me, and You loved me. Thus, as You have loved Me, by communicating that same love that You communicated to Me - although naturally not the same, You have loved them by the workings of unity and by the transforming power of love.

It is also understood here that the Son is not asking the Father that the saints be in essence and nature as the Father and Son are, but that rather they be in union by reason of love, just as the Father and the Son are united in love.

Accordingly, souls possess the same goods by participation that the Son possesses by nature. As a result, they are truly divine by participation, and are equals and companions of God. From this Saint Peter (2 Pt. 1: 2-4) said: May grace and peace be fulfilled and perfected in you in the knowledge of God and of Christ Jesus our Lord, in the manner that these things are given to us by all the attributes of His Divine Virtue for life and piety, by the knowledge of the One who called us with His own proper glory and virtue, through which great and promises He deigned; all this so that by these things we are made companions of the Divine Nature. This nature is to make the soul a participant in God operating in Him, the Son, and accompanied by Him: the work of the Most Holy Trinity, in the manner we have already described, by cause of the substantial union between the soul and God. This union, perfectly fulfilled in the next life, in this life can nevertheless attain a great foretaste when one reaches perfection, in the way we have described, although as we have said, it is indescribable.

O souls created and raised for these grandeurs and called to them! What are you doing? In what are you entertaining yourselves? Your pretentions are base acts, and your possessions, miseries. O miserable blindness of the eyes of your souls, since with so much light you are blind and for such great voices you are deaf; not seeing that insofar as you seek greatness and glory, you become miserable and lowly, deprived of so many true goods, made ignorant and indignant! Follow the second thing that the soul asks for, which is:

The song of the sweet nightingale

What is born in the soul from that inhaling of the air is the song of the sweet nightingale. As the song of the nightingale is heard in the spring, when the cold and rain of the winter have passed, the song of the nightingale is melody to the ear and recreation for the spirit; in this same way the actual communication and transformation of love, the Wife, now protected and free of all imperfections, pains and natural darkness, feels a new spring in her spirit, within which she feels the sweet voice of the Husband, which is her sweet nightingale, refreshing and renewing the very substance of her soul, saying (Cant. 2: 10-12): behold my beloved speaks to me: arise, make haste, my love, my beautiful one, and come. For winter is now past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers have appeared in our land, the time of pruning is come: the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.


 
 
 
November 24 (Traditional) / December 14 (New) - Saint John of the Cross (1542-1591) - I give myself as your spouse for ever - Priest and Doctor of the Church
 

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OUR FATHER

Our Father, Who Art In Heaven
Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy Will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
Liberate us from all temptation[*]
And deliver us from all evil. Amen



[*] Liberate us is in keeping with the original Latin text.
       God usually does not "lead us" to temptation
       (unless we are tested),
       but gives us the grace to overcome and/or resist it
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HAIL MARY

Hail Mary, full of grace
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art though among women,
And blessed is the fruit
Of thy womb, Jesus.
 
Holy Mary, Mary of God
Pray for us sinners
Now, and in the hour
Of our death. Amen


 
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APOSTLE'S CREED

I believe in God, the Father Almighty Creator of Heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, our Lord;
Who was conceived by the
[work and grace of the] Holy Ghost,[*]
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died and was buried.
He descended into the Dead.[**]
On the third day, He rose again;
He ascended into Heaven,
And sits at the right hand of God,
the Father Almighty.
From thence he shall come to judge
the living and the dead.
 
I believe in the Holy Ghost,[*]
The Holy Catholic Church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins.
The resurrection of the body,
And life everlasting. Amen


[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
[**] the Dead: "inferi", the underworld or the dead in Latin.
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GLORIA

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive
to the voice of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all her iniquities.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Ghost[*],
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

[*] Holy Ghost: may be substituted with the current Holy Spirit.
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DE PROFUNDIS

Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord:
Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the voice
of my supplication.

If thou, O Lord, wilt mark iniquities:
Lord, who shall abide it.
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and because of Thy law,
I have waited for Thee, O Lord.

My soul hath waited on His word:
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning-watch even until night,
let Israel hope in the Lord.

For with the Lord there is mercy:
and with Him plenteous redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel
from all his iniquities.

V. Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
V. From the gate of hell.
R. Deliver their souls, O Lord.
V. May they rest in peace.
R. Amen.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with Thy Spirit.

(50 days indulgence to all who pray the De Profundis with V. and R.
"Requiem aeternam" (Eternal Rest) three times a day.
Pope Leo XIII, February 3, 1888)


Let us pray:
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all
the faithful, we beseech Thee to grant
to the souls of Thy servants the remission
of their sins, so that by our prayers
they may obtain pardon for which they long.
O Lord, who lives and reigns,
world without end. Amen

May they rest in peace. Amen

CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
PADRE NUESTRO

Padre Nuestro,
que estas en los Cielos
Santificado sea Tu Nombre;
Venga a nosotros tu Reino;
Hágase Tu Voluntad
en la tierra como en el cielo.
Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día;
Perdona nuestras ofensas,
Como también nosotros
perdonamos a los que nos ofenden,
No nos dejes caer en la tentación,
y líbranos del mal. Amén
 
CERRAR
SIGUIENTE
AVE MARÍA

Dios te salve, María,
llena eres de gracia;
El Señor es Contigo;
Bendita Tú eres
entre todas las mujeres,
Y bendito es el fruto
De tu vientre, Jesús.
 
Santa María,
Madre de Dios,
Ruega por nosotros
pecadores,
Ahora y en la hora
De nuestra muerte.
Amén
 
CERRAR
CREDO

Creo en Dios, Padre Todopoderoso,
Creador del cielo y de la tierra.
Creo en Jesucristo,
Su único Hijo, Nuestro Señor,
Que fue concebido por obra
y gracia del Espíritu Santo,
Nació de la Santa María Virgen;
Padeció bajo el poder de Poncio Pilato,
Fue crucificado, muerto y sepultado,
Descendió a los infiernos,
Al tercer día resucitó de entre los muertos,
Subió a los cielos
Y está sentado a la derecha de Dios,
Padre Todopoderoso.
Desde allí ha de venir a juzgar
a los vivos y a los muertos.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo,
La Santa Iglesia Católica,
La comunión de los santos,
El perdón de los pecados,
La resurrección de la carne
Y la vida eterna. Amén
 
 
CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor; Señor,
escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos
a la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?
Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia.
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

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GLORIA

Gloria al Padre, al Hijo y al
Espíritu Santo,
como es desde el principio,
es ahora y será por los siglos de los siglos.
Amén

CERRAR
DE PROFUNDIS y QUE DESCANSEN EN PAZ

Desde lo hondo a Ti grito, Señor;
Señor, escucha mi voz;
Estén Tus oidos atentos a
la voz de mi súplica.

Si llevas cuenta de los delitos, Señor,
¿quién podrá resistir?

Pero de ti procede el perdón,
y así infundes respeto.
Mi alma espera en el Señor.

Espera en su palabra;
mi alma aguarda al Señor,
más que el centinela la aurora.
Aguarda Israel al Señor.

Como el centinela la aurora;
porque del Señor viene la misericordia,
la redención copiosa;
y Él redimirá a Israel de todos sus delitos.

V. Dadles, Señor, a todas las almas
el descanso eterno.
R. Y haced lucir sobre ellas
vuestra eterna luz.
V. Que en paz descansen.
R. Amén.