The Dark Night of the Soul concludes with a brief explanation of the rest of the second and third stanzas of the poem.
The concept of becoming closer to God at precisely those times when He seems absent, and of becoming taught during stretches when nothing is explained, is something very difficult for our culture of emotion to understand. We can see that in how strongly people have reacted to the “revelation” (announced years ago, but never mind) that Mother Teresa did not spend her whole life of service cuddled in a blanket of happy feelings and celestial light. Those who follow Jesus well are granted in this life the chance to drink from His cup: pain, abandonment, sorrow. But those who become more like Christ in this life will also be more like Him in the life to come.