“Faith and love are like the blind man’s guides.
They will lead you along a path unknown to you, to the place where God is hidden.”
St. John of the Cross
(the evening sky before the arrival of a tropical storm…no sailors delight…
Julie Cook / 2019)
“Therefore, when God gives spiritual comfort, receive it with thanksgiving,
but know that it is the bounty of God, not thy merit.
Be not puffed up, be not overjoyed, nor vainly presume,
but rather be the more humble for this gift and the more cautious and fearful in all thine actions;
for this hour will pass away and temptation will follow.
When comfort shall be taken away from thee, do not presently despair;
but wait with humility and patience for the heavenly visit,
for God is able to restore thee a greater consolation.
This is no new thing, nor strange to those who have experienced the ways of God:
for the great saints and ancient prophets have often felt this kind of variety.”
Thomas à Kempis, p. 64
An Excerpt From
Imitation of Christ
(evening sky before a tropical storm arrives / Julie Cook / 2019)