The Wisdom of Fading Flowers

“Detachment (Two panels)”
©️2020 by Gloria M. Chang

From the Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross

To reach satisfaction in all
desire satisfaction in nothing.
To come to the knowledge of all
desire the knowledge of nothing.
To come to possess all
desire the possession of nothing.
To arrive at being all
desire to be nothing.

Original drawing of the Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross

Ascent of Mount Carmel in Spanish as depicted in the first edition of 1618 by Diego de Astor

Ascent of Mount Carmel in English

One Reply to “The Wisdom of Fading Flowers”

  1. Jesus never said life would be easy, but he said it would be worth it. Thank you so much for your post. It’s aspirational and inspirational.

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