St. John of the Cross writes:
Here is an example that will provide a better understanding of this explanation. A ray of sunlight shining on a smudgy window is unable to illumine that window completely and transform it into its own light. It could do this if the window were cleaned and polished. The less the film and stain are wiped away, the less the window will be illumined; and the cleaner the window is, the brighter will be its illumination. The extent of illumination is not dependent on the ray of sunlight but on the window.
The soul on which the divine light of God's being is ever shining is like this window.
A soul makes room for God by wiping away all the smudges and smears of creatures, by uniting its will perfectly to God's for to love is to labor to divest and deprive oneself for God of all that is not God. When this is done the soul will be illumined by and transformed in God.
Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio, SOLT
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