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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 highly recommended.

Tim Perrine
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.
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St. John of the Cross
Source: Wikipedia
Source: Wikipedia
Born: June 24, 1542, Ferrol, Galicia
Died: December 14, 1591, Andalusia
Related topics: Catholic Church, Criticism, interpretation, etc., Early works, History, John of the Cross,--Saint,--1542-1591
Basic information: John of the Cross (San Juan de la Cruz) (24 June 1542 – 14 December 1591), born Juan de Yepes Álvarez, was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar and priest, born at Fontiveros, Old Castile. Saint John of the Cross was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered, along with Saint Teresa of Ávila, as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. He is also known for his writings.
Popular works: Dark Night of the Soul, Ascent of Mount Carmel, Spiritual Canticle of the Soul and the Bridegroom Christ