June 26-And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.—MARK xi. 25, 26.     ‘Tis not enough to weep my sins,    ‘Tis but one […]

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Wherein is expounded the third stanza Book 2 Chapter 25

CHAPTER XXV Wherein is expounded the third stanza. In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me, Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart. EXPOSITION THE soul still continues the metaphor and similitude of temporal night in describing this its spiritual night, and continues to sing and […]

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Expounds the fourth line and describes the wondrous hiding place Book 2 Chapter 23

CHAPTER XXIII Expounds the fourth line and describes the wondrous hiding place wherein the soul is set during this night. Shows how, although the devil has an entrance into other places that are very high, he has none into this. ‘IN concealment’ is as much as to say ‘in a hiding-place,’ or ‘in hiding’; and thus, […]

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Which explains the word ‘disguised,’ and describes the colours Book 2 Chapter 21

CHAPTER XXI Which explains the word ‘disguised,’ and describes the colours of the disguise of the soul in this night. Now that we have explained the reasons why the soul called this contemplation a ’secret ladder,’ it remains for us to explain likewise the word ‘disguised,’ and the reason why the soul says also that […]

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Begins to explain the ten steps of the mystic ladder of Divine love Book 2 Chapter 19

CHAPTER XIX Begins to explain the ten steps of the mystic ladder of Divine love, according to Saint Bernard and Saint Thomas. The first five are here treated. WE observe, then, that the steps of this ladder of love by which the soul mounts, one by one, to God, are ten. The first step of love […]

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Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder Book 2 Chapter 18

Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder. IT now remains to consider the second point—namely, how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder. With respect to this it must be known that we can call this secret contemplation a ladder for many reasons. In the first place, because, just as men mount by […]

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Explains how this dark contemplation is secret Book 2 Chapter 17

Explains how this dark contemplation is secret. THREE things have to be expounded with reference to three words contained in this present line. Two (namely, ’secret’ and ‘ladder’) belong to the dark night of contemplation of which we are treating; the third (namely, ‘disguised’) belongs to the soul by reason of the manner wherein it […]

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