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One of the great mystics of the Christian tradition, he teaches us how to draw closer to God during the “dark night of the soul.”
San Juan de la Cruz [St. John of the Cross] is our spiritual hero this week. Born in 1541, San Juan de la Cruz grew up in poverty and was drawn to the contemplative life. His soul longed for mystical union with God that his piety offended members of his order, including its head. The turning point of his life came in 1567 when he met Teresa of Avila, a kindred spirit who was looking for a partner in her Carmelite reform movement. She appointed him prior of the first community of discalced friars. Later, John of the Cross served as a spiritual director at her convent. John wrote: “Contemplation is nothing else but a secret, peaceful, and loving infusion of God, which if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love.” One of the great mystics of the Christian tradition, he teaches us how to draw closer to God during the “dark night of the soul.”
World AIDS Day Commemoration
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm
Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church
Reception following sponsored by Southern Colorado Health Network
Conceived in 1987, World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. Worldwide, the day is recognized with rallies, memorials and other events to honor persons who have died from AIDS as well as raise awareness of the disease and spread messages of prevention. Since 1981, more than 25 million people have died of AIDS and more than 33 million are currently living with the disease. Despite recent improved access to antiretroviral treatment and care in many regions of the world, AIDS continues to be one of the worst pandemics in human history.