In a dark night,
Fired with birthday expectations,
I blew out
The candles.
O anticipation!
My presents stacked.
O joyful elation!

John of the Criss-Cross

“It might even be that you may have to share spiritually with the cat, as it happened with a Discalced Carmelite Nun that was assailed by many interior afflictions and could not talk about them. I commanded her to share her thoughts daily with the cat (it wasn’t easy because he was hard to catch, he wasn’t friendly and scratched her often). She humbled herself and obeyed, and by this means God gave her interior serenity and she came to be one of those with the best spirit in the convent.”

Servant of God Jerónimo Gracián de la Madre de Dios (1545-1614)