St. John of the Cross

Doctor of the Church 1542-1591

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Spiritual Canticle, Stanza 1, Paragraph 7

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"O you soul, then,

most beautiful of creatures,

who so long to know the place

where your Beloved is,

that you may see Him,

and be united to Him,

you know now

that you are yourself

that very tabernacle

where He dwells,

the secret chamber

of His retreat

where He is hidden.

Rejoice, therefore."