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St. John of the Cross for a Rainy Tuesday

alec vanderboom

Yet you inquire: Since he whom my soul loves is within me, why don't I find him or experience him? The reason is that he remains concealed and you do not also conceal yourself in order to find and experience him. If you want to find a hidden treasure you must enter the hiding place secretly, and once you have discovered it, you will also be hidden just as the treasure is hidden. Since, then, your beloved Bridegroom is the treasure hidden in a field for which the wise merchant sold all of his possessions (Mt 13:44), and that field is your soul, in order to find him you should forget all your possessions and all creatures and hide in the secret inner room of your spirit, and there, closing the door behind you (your will in all things), you should pray to your Father in secret (Mt 6:6). Remaining hidden with him, you wil experience him in hiding, that is, in a way transcending all language and feeling.