Dark Night of the Soul

by St. John of the Cross


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A sequel and continuation of Ascent of Mount Carmel, the Dark Night of the Soul is a spiritually moving and mystical book. In it, St. John of the Cross continues his description of the soul's journey--the "dark night"--to the "divine union of the love of God." A poet at heart, St. John describes the journey and the union with beautifully rich and deeply symbolic language. However, St. John does not simply describe the journey; he seems at times to be offering encouragement and comfort directly to readers as they too struggle with the excruciating dark night. Offering hope to the downtrodden and discouraged, the Dark Night of the Soul is one of the most difficult books a person can read, but its difficulty is surpassed by its reward. One of the most profound works of Christian mysticism, this book is highly recommended for those seeking union with God.

Tim Perrine
CCEL Staff Writer

It now also comes with a helpful introduction and extensive notes.
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St. John of the Cross
Source: Wikipedia
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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

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