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By Fr. Gabriel Of St. Mary Magdalen, Catholic Exchange, August 6, 2019

The Presence of God in Us

From the first to the last pages of The Spiritual Canticle, St. John of the Cross puts before us the soul anxious for union with God.

“Ah, where are you hiding?” it sings in the first stanza of the delightful poem that he will comment on during the whole course of the work. It is the soul’s cry of desire for union with God.

This soul, he notes, is the Christian soul. It is not necessar­ily a consecrated religious soul, a brother or a nun; it is simply the soul that, regenerated by Baptism and reclothed with divine grace, becomes painfully conscious of the potentiality contained in its elevation to the state of a child of God, and desires to see it brought to fulfillment.

I will explain.

Man has need of God. This need finds its first source in our condition as creatures. We exist because God created us and keeps us in existence; not only that, but we have need of Him continually in order to live and to act. ….