Tuesday, July 17, 2012

St. John of the Cross on Praise

Something I found in Living Flame of Love by St.  John of the Cross guides my praise life:

He writes: “And with respect to the praise which the soul offers to God in union, there are three kinds of brightness here:

 First, the soul praises God as a duty, for it sees that He created it to offer Him praise, as He says through Isaiah: ‘I have formed this people for Myself, it shall sing my praises.  (Is 43:21)’

The second kind of brightness of this praise comes from the blessings which the soul receives and the delight that it has in offering praise.

The third is that it praises God for that which He is in Himself; even if to do so caused the soul no delight at all, it would still praise Him for Who He is.”