No human heart ever entered as dark a night as did the God-man’s in Gethsemane and on Golgotha. No searching human spirit can penetrate the unfathomable mystery of the dying God-man’s abandonment by God. But Jesus can give to chosen souls some taste of this extreme bitterness. They are his most faithful friends from whom he exacts this final test of their love. If they do not shrink back from it but allow themselves to be drawn willingly into the dark night, it will become their leader…This is the great experience of the cross: extreme abandonment, and precisely in the abandonment, union with the Crucified…Cross and night are the way to heavenly light: that is the joyful message of the cross.
By: Saint Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)