Johannes Antonius van der Baren (1615-1686/87),
The Eucharist in a Garland of Flowers.
"That eternal Spring is hidden
yet I know well where it flows...
I know that there can be
nothing else so beautiful
and that the heavens and the earth drink there...
I know well that its bottom cannot be found
and that no one can penetrate its depths...
Its clarity is never muddied,
and I know that every light has come from it...
Well do I know how vast , how mighty is the flow
of the stream born in this Fount...
This eternal Spring is hidden
in this living Bread to give us life...
It is here calling to creatures
and from its water they quench their thirst...
This living Fount that I long for
I see in this Bread of Life..."
St John of the Cross
Doctor (mystical theology) of the Church
Spain ~ 1542 - 1591
Carmelite priest and reformer
Co-founder Discalced Carmelites
w/St Teresa of Ávila
FEAST DAY - Dec 14
"Where there is no love, put love --
and you will find love." ~ St John of the Cross
St John of the Cross, ora pro nobis!