Stanza 24: Possessing the perfect virtues

Stanza 24 and Commentary on It in The Spiritual Canticle by St. John of the Cross
My commentary on Section 4, paragraph 1

How do we possess the perfect virtues? It is as I heard a preacher discuss recently: “To whom are we supplying our paint supplies?” Are we supplying our paint supplies to the artist inside of us who is painting the image of God we want to become rightly in our spirit or the one who is painting the image of man we desire to become erroneously in our flesh?

Lord, let me feed the spirit, not the flesh, to have those dens of lions surround me, protect me. Amen.

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