St John of the Cross was a very young man when St Teresa of Avila saw qualities in him he could never have seen himself. Bright and insightful, an artist and song writer, above all John was drawn to the mystical path in the spiritual life and was not afraid of the dark night to which he was called. Teresa knew John was different and although she was thirty years older than John, she wrote, "He was so good that I, at least, could have learned much more from him than he from me." The poet, Jessica Powers, shortly before she entered the Carmelites herself, wrote of John's books:
Today, ask God to let you see with God's own eyes.Out of what door that came ajar in heavendrifted this starry manna down to me,to the dilated mouth both hunger givenand all satiety?Who bore at midnight to my very dwellingthe gift of this imperishable food?my famished spirit with its fragrance filling,its savor certitude.The mind and heart ask, and the soul replieswhat store is heaped on these bare shelves of mine?The crumbs of the immortal delicaciesfall with precise design.Mercy grows tall with the least heart enlightened,and I, so long a fosterling of night,here feast upon immeasurably sweetenedwafers of light.
What keeps you from a more intense prayer life?