Dr. Antony Theodore

The Passion Of The Mystic - Poem by Dr. Antony Theodore

The language of the mystics
with which they try to describe
the splendours of their love,
forces upon the unprejudiced reader,
the conviction that they are dealing
with an ardour far more burning
for an object far more real.

St. John of the Cross’s finite passions
are but the feeble images
of his infinite one.

Only this mystic passion
can lead us from our prison.

The desire of knowledge
may enlarge one’s vision
and help one to get out of the prison,
but it can never unlock the doors.

Topic(s) of this poem: mystical philosophy

Comments about The Passion Of The Mystic by Dr. Antony Theodore

  • Glen Kappy (9/17/2016 7:54:00 AM)

    hi! tony.

    thought to read a poem of yours today and picked this one. do i understand correctly from your last line that it is grace alone unlocks the doors?

    if you haven't already read it, you might like my poem On Reading a Book of Mystic Writings.

    hoping this finds you well in all ways,

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  • Norah Tunney (4/20/2016 6:30:00 AM)

    Only this mystic passion can lead us from our prison
    I studied john of the cross as a young monk and I still love his poetry
    What an amazing mystic this doctor of the dark night
    Thank you Tony
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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