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Catholic Word of the Day: DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL, 10-01-09 ^ | 10-01-09 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 09/30/2009 9:53:59 AM PDT by Salvation

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General term in mystical theology to identify every form of purification through which God leads persons whom he is calling to a high degree of sanctity. It is called "night" to distinguish a person's normal spiritual condition of seeing, although dimly, by the light of faith; whereas in mystical purification a person is deprived of much of this light. There is a "groping in the night." It is called a "dark" night to emphasize the intensity of withdrawal of God's illuminating grace. The purpose of such purification is to cleanse the soul of every vestige of self-love and unite a person more and more closely with God. As the intellect is thus mortified, the will becomes more firmly attracted to God and more securely attached to his divine will. This purification, however, is only a means to an end, namely, 1. to give greater glory to God, who is thereby loved for himself and not for the benefits he confers; 2. to lead the one thus purified to infused contemplation and even ecstatic union with God; 3. to enable the mystic to be used more effectively by God for the spiritual welfare of others, since the more holy a person is the more meritorious are that person's prayers and sacrifices for the human race.

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Many saints have endured this. St. John of the Cross jumps to the forefront of my mind.
1 posted on 09/30/2009 9:54:00 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation
No, you're not seeing things! 
I will be gone over the weekend and have a lot of errands to do on Thursday, so I will be double posting Mass Reading threads and other threads and will catch up on them as much as possible when I return on Monday from the Regional Serra Club Conference in Spokane.
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2 posted on 09/30/2009 9:55:00 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Catholic Word of the Day – links will be provided later by another FReeper.


Book of Zechariah

Temple (biblical)


Holy Mary


Diana of the Ephesians


Eucharistic Oblation

Last Judgment

Veneration of Images


Pectoral Cross

Dark Night of the Soul



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3 posted on 09/30/2009 10:03:11 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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That would be now.

Thanks for keeping this list.

4 posted on 10/07/2009 2:07:01 PM PDT by Jaded (No act of kindness, no matter how small, ever goes unpunished. -HFG)
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