I love it when I find a great book…..I hate it when it ends. I have about five more pages to read but I don’t want to read them because then I will be finished with the book. The book? “Ascent to Love, the Spiritual Teaching of St. John of the Cross” by Ruth Burrows.
It took me a long time to get this book, had to get it used and most places that had it were charging over $100.oo. I finally found someone who was selling it for twenty-something. I was thrilled. I’ve been a fan of Ruth Burrows since I read “The Essence of Prayer,” another wonderful book and much easier to get!
“Ascent to Love” contains such gems of wisdom. Each page is filled. I wanted to pick something to share here but it is so difficult to pick just one, so I just randomly opened to a page (you know, the way that we are not supposed to read the Bible..), and here is what I found.
“Such a willingness to forget the ego, to lose sight of it, calls for firm faith in God’s love. Each of us is utterly important to God; we can afford to relax a bit and let him look after our little selves. We tend to think that unless we take care of ‘number one; nobody will. Faith tells us there is one who never takes his eyes off us, so much so that not a hair of our head is lost.
An obsession with self-importance enslaves us to human respect…..”
I have a feeling that I will post more on this book as I begin to read it again! It’s one that you read with the eyes, understand with the head, and absorb in the heart.