John of the Cross: ‘Examined in Love’

photo by Ben Curtis
“It’s much easier to condemn the world than to help save it, much easier to say what you disapprove of than to go and do something useful. ‘In the evening of life you will be examined in love,’ said St. John of the Cross. What you have condemned won’t figure on the exam paper at all–it’s the wrong subject. ‘Those who believe in him are not condemned’ [John 3]. The word ‘belief’ comes from an old word, ‘lief,’ now obsolete, meaning ‘love.’ There cannot be real belief without love.”–Living With Christ (April 18)