And the book is incomplete; St. John apparently abandoned it before explicating the entire poem.
And the book is incomplete; St. I found many passages and metaphors brilliant, but was lost in others. St. John sometimes seems to struggle to explain or describe the inexplicable and indescribable, which may be the reason for the many repetitions and metaphors
I read this maybe ten years ago, and it was not easy. John of the Cross goes from times of mystical ecstasy to deep, prolonged depression, back up again and down, and yet again.
Absolutely loved this book It was so validating. I read this maybe ten years ago, and it was not easy. It is a wonderful work, but having been diagnosed with Bipolar I shortly before I read it, I wondered then, as I still do today, whether St. John suffered from manic depression as well.
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The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who .
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.
Be not afraid-Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its .
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. show more. Format Paperback 194 pages. Dimensions 137 x 213 x 15mm 272g. 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.
John of the Cross (Spanish: Juan de la Cruz; 1542 – 14 December 1591), Carmelite friar and priest of Marrano origin, is a major figure of the Spanish Counter-Reformation, a mystic and Roman Catholic saint. He is one of thirty-six Doctors of the Church. John of the Cross is known especially for his writings. He was mentored by and corresponded with the older Carmelite, Teresa of Avila.
St John of the Cross; Father Benedict Zimmerman. It's a beautiful piece of work describing the soul's union with God, and I was interested to read the theological treatise he wrote later in his life about it. Unfortunately, the poem is much better read by itself than painstakingly expounded. The "dark night of the soul" is a term that denotes a period of spiritual dryness, when all devotional activities feel particularly flat and stale, and the soul is assailed by doubts and confusion.
Benedict Zimmerman’s most popular book is Dark Night of the Soul. John of the Cross - A Short Biography by. Benedict Zimmerman.