In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls. With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the souls into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God's glory. Be not afraid- Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its instructions for holy living, is laced with St John's charity and kindness, his love of all things beautiful and sacred- including you.
About the Author
Born in 1542 in what is now Spain, St John of the Cross entered the Carmelites in 1563 and received Holy Orders four years later. Soon after they met, St Teresa of Avila enlisted him in her efforts to purify the Carmelite Order. When the strict observances of St John's Disclaced (literally shoeless ) Carmelites sparked widespread reform, some disgruntled monks captured, imprisoned, and tortured him. During those nine months and beyond, St John of the Cross endured a dark night of the soul . This and other contemplative experiences inspired his mystical theology and thereby earned him the title Doctor of the Church
Item No: TC2212 (Grouped)
Publisher: Saint Benedict Press, LLC
Publication Date: 2010
Binding: DVD, CD, MP4 Video Download, MP3 Audio Download and Group Study Edition
Dimensions: 5.5" X 8.5" X 0.63"
Going deep into our faith. Review by Mark Wayne Dady
We will all pass through this on our journey to God. A Christian must read. (Posted on 4/12/2015)
Five Stars Review by Jessica Arias
Perfect and timely (Posted on 11/30/2014)
Five Stars Review by PJY
Excellent Book. Highly recommend it. (Posted on 11/16/2014)
Five Stars Review by Ms. Barbara G. Kolb "book maiden"
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Five Stars Review by gerardo i. hurtado
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Gem of Mystical Spirituality Review by Dr. Bojan Tunguz
Catholic Church has over the millennia been blessed with countless holy men and women who have enriched her spiritual patrimony with their timeless insights. Saint John of the Cross is one of the giants of this venerable tradition, and "Dark Night of the Soul" is one of his best-known works.The term "dark night" often refers to spiritual dryness or a crisis in one's religious progress in life. Many saints have experienced such episodes, and for most of them they only lasted for a very short period of time. For some, on the other hand, these experiences lasted for the most of their adult lives. This just goes to show that such experiences are not uncommon, and even some of the most pious and godly individuals may go through them in the course of their lives."Dark Night of the Soul" was originally written as a poem while St. John was imprisoned for his efforts to reform the Carmelite order. In subsequent years he elaborated on the verses, and the result is this fascinating little book. It combines beautiful and moving poetry with deep insights into human spiritual and psychological makeup. St. John is considered a mystic, and reading this book can make you see why. The book can be extremely challenging, and it is not to be read casually. However, if you are willing to put the time and an effort into reading it you may find yourself more appreciative of your own spiritual journey and you may acquire necessary tools to help you overcome your own instances of spiritual dryness. (Posted on 7/21/2013)