St. John of the Cross, Doctor, on Sin, the Death of the Soul


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Prescription of the Day

Today is the Memorial of St. John of the Cross. He, like so many of the great saints, warns us of the effects of sin.  We, as a society fear physical death.  Here’s what St. John says,

The lack of God…is death to the soul.” from his Spiritual Canticle, 2,7.

So many get surprised when, after some extended period of time away from robust worship of God (for example, regular participation at the Mass), find there are “demons” attacking them.  Now I am not making fun of them; rather, we must always be available to welcome back those who have substantially separated themselves from God’s love.


Because we all separate ourselves from the love of God on a daily basis.  We must, through thorough daily examinations of conscience, commit to turn back to God, to fill ourselves with God…to not do so, as St. John of the Cross said, is death.


Deacon Tom Gotschall, The Deacon Dad at:


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