St John of the Cross, a discalced Carmelite of the 16th century, spoke often and eloquently of the need for quiet and meditation, and described how the divine light blinds the soul, freeing us from earthly care to live only and always in God.
A fitting saint for this darkling December day,
a wavering light to show us the dawning Advent of our Lord.
O living flame of love
that tenderly wounds my soul in its deepest center!
Since now you are not oppressive, now consummate!
if it be your will:
tear through the veil of this sweet encounter!