You want me to share Your table and I desire to respond
But the false layers within my heart are a barrier to intimacy.
Like Paul I experience myself doing the opposite of what
I know to be true, incapable at times of overcoming
The pulls of my lower nature.
But in John Of The Cross You have given me a sure guide
To help me ascend the mount; for it is a mountain -
The way of perfection, the way of humanisation.
In ‘The Ascent’ he tells us of how arduous the journey is
And of what we can do to become new men and women,
That is, be enamoured with You in love.
In loving You through faith You grant us the grace of
Experiencing ‘The dark night’ which is the way of union
And although I resist You in my weakness You purify me
In the darkness and by faith alone I accept.
‘The Night’ shows that our problems arises not from the external
World but from within ourselves. In order to build up ourselves we
Must realise the purification of our senses and our imperfections.
John's image of the wood in the fire implies that You change
Our very being not just our behaviour.
The wisdom of ‘The Ascent’ and ‘The Dark Night’ show
That our very hearts need to be changed and only You
And You alone can do this.
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