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DARK NIGHT OF THE SENSES
The first stage of purification, through which God regularly leads souls on the way to Christian perfection. "God establishes the soul in the dark night of sense," says St. John of the Cross, "that He may purify, prepare and subdue its lower nature, and unite it to the Spirit, by depriving it of light and causing it to cease from meditation."
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