You shall drink from the brook…

I ran across this quote tonight in the first few pages (the Biographical Sketch) of  ‘The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross” – translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and Otilio Rodriguez, O.C.D. 

It is actually a quote from the ‘Book of the First Monks’ – a medieval Carmelite work on the spirit of the order written by Felip Rebot O.Carm in the 13th century.  It was no doubt a companion of many of the great saints such as St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and countless others. 

It spoke to me and reminded me of the goals of this blog, and so it has found a permanent home at the top of the sidebar.  It truly is food for meditation.

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The goal of this life is two-fold. One part we acquire with the help of divine grace, through our efforts and vituous works. This is to offer God a pure heart, free from all stain of actual sin. We do this when we are perfect and in Cherith, that is hidden in that charity of which the Wise Man says: “Charity covers all sins.” [Prov. 10:12]. God desired Elijah to advance thus far when he said to him “Hide yourself by the brook Cherith” [1 Kg. 17: 3-4].

The other part of the goal of this life is granted us as the free gift of God: namely, to taste somewhat in the heart and to experience in the soul, not only after death, but even in this mortal life, the intensity of the divine presence and the sweetness of the glory of heaven. This is to drink of the torrent of the love of God. God promised it to Elijah in the words “You shall drink from the brook.”

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One Response to You shall drink from the brook…

  1. Shawn says:

    I was studying Elijah and the Carmelites on the internet, came across this First Book of the Monks on Wikipedia.

    I have felt a kinship with the Carmelites since I learned about them. Prayer, meditation, contemplation is the passion of my life. In other words, spending time with the Lord.

    I am converting to the Catholic Church after 18 years as a Pentecostal Minister. The Carmelites are a big part of my journey. I am prayerfully considering Elijah and Teresa of Avila to be my saint.

    I love Teresa. Her passion for the Lord and for life are an example to me. She had a drive to reform the Carmelites, but she also had a great love and joy for life. She would have been a blast to hang out with. (my opinion)

    I would love to hear your story and where this journey has taken you?


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