A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness . . .
The unofficial chronicler of Coronado’s expedition, Pedro de Castañeda . . . [when referring to de Niza’s expedition] speaks constantly of three priests, as though the friar had companions. . . . [T]his seems to be highly inaccurate because neither Marcos nor anyone else mentions any other priests after Brother Onorato [actually an oblate] was left behind early in the journey . . .
MADELEINE TURRELL RODACK
Adolf F. Bandelier’s The Discovery of New Mexico by the Franciscan Monk, Friar Marcos de Niza in 1539
To lose always and let everyone win is a trait of valiant souls, generous spirits, and unselfish hearts; it is their manner to give rather than receive even to the extent of giving themselves. They consider it a heavy burden to possess themselves and it pleases them more to be possessed by others and withdrawn from themselves, since we belong more to that infinite Good than we do to ourselves.
SAN JUAN DE LA CRUZ
“Maxims on Love”