A treatise on the spiritual poetry that St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) wrote while in prison, "Ascent of Mount Carmel" follows the soul on its journey toward perfection as it purifies itself and passes through the dark night of the soul. Combining philosophical rigor with spiritual discernment, John's writings continue to offer illuminating ...
A treatise on the spiritual poetry that St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) wrote while in prison, "Ascent of Mount Carmel" follows the soul on its journey toward perfection as it purifies itself and passes through the dark night of the soul. Combining philosophical rigor with spiritual discernment, John's writings continue to offer illuminating counsel for today's spiritual pilgrims.
New. No Jacket. New paperback book copy of Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of the Cross. He was called the greatest of all mystical theologians by spiritual teacher Thomas Merton. And when St. John of the Cross was proclaimed to be a Doctor of the Church, Pope Pius XI praised his work as a guide and handbook for the man of faith who proposes to embrace a life of perfection. Imprisoned in Toledo during the sixteenth century, St. John wrote about his spiritual struggles with a unique poetic vision, illuminating a path for the faithful to grow closer to God. He believed that a spiritual union was open to us, but not before experiencing the confusion and despair of a dark night of the soul. Yet John's words are uplifting, lyrical, and filled with hope for any soul who aspires to the Divine union. A primer to his Dark Night of the Soul, this acclaimed translation will resonate with modern pilgrims searching for wisdom. Reprint of Ascent of Mount Carmel from The Complete Works of Saint John of the Cross (Volume I), originally published by The Newman Bookshop, Westminster, Maryland, 1946. Dover Publications, Mineola NY, 2008. 352 pages, 8-1/2 x 5-3/8 inches, 22 cm. List price 11.95.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-08-12 "The soul must pass through the dark night of the senses because all the passions it feels for created things are pure darkness in God's eyes," wrote the Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross in the late 16th century. In Ascent of Mount Carmel: John of the Cross, John discusses the soul's need to pass through spiritual darkness before union with the divine can be possible. In a beautiful text that has been "edited and mildly modernized" by Henry Carrigan Jr., John offers an early treatise on his spiritual poetry, outlining themes that he fleshed out more fully in his more famous later work, Dark Night of the Soul. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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