Ascent of Mount Carmel
by St. John of the Cross
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One of St. John of the Cross' most important and insightful works, Ascent of
Mount Carmel is a brilliant work of Christian mysticism. Considered one of the
great Spanish poets, St. John depicts the soul's ascent to Mount
Carmel--allegorically, the place of God--and the "dark night" that
the soul must endure to reach it. St. John describes the different mystic
experiences the soul encounters on its way to union with God through the dark
night. Although St. John continues to describe the dark night in Dark Night of
the Soul, the sequel to Ascent of Mount Carmel, this book provides a hauntingly
beautiful, profound, and mystical account of Christian spirituality. It is
CCEL Staff Writer
It also now comes with a beneficial introduction to Ascent of Mount Carmel, an outline of St. John's life, and an introduction to St. John's works.