Meditating with John of the Cross

Beverly Lanzetta Meditations, Practice

Beverly Lanzetta. John of the Cross.

“A la tarde te examinarán en el amor. Aprende a amar como Dios quiere ser amado, y deja tu condición.”

“When evening comes, you will be examined in love. Learn to love as God desires to be loved and abandon your own ways of acting.”

Sayings of Light and Love, St. John of the Cross, p. 60


John of the Cross: Sixteenth century Spanish mystic and spiritual companion of St. Teresa of Avila. St. John is renowned for his spiritual wisdom and soul guidance. This retablo depicts his “noche oscura” (dark night) in which he writes of the soul’s transformation from suffering and loss of faith to that “glad night, that night more lovely than dawn.”

Lanzetta, Beverly. John of the Cross, natural pigments on gessoed pine board.