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Living Flame of Love
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591) is regarded as one of the greatest poets of the Spanish language and among the greatest mystical poets of any language. Drawn to the contemplative life, he joined St. Teresa of Avila in her reform of the discalced Carmelites. John considered his poetry to be the most authentic expression of his theology and his ineffable mystical experienc ...more
Published September 1st 1971 by Doubleday Books
(first published January 1st 1618)
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A quick, beautiful, poetic, deepening read. I have long loved St. John of the Cross's _The Dark Night of the Soul_, but have never read any of this other mystical works. _The Living Flame of Love_ is, in crude terms, the spiritual "sequel" to _The Dark Night of the Soul_. St. John describes what happens in the soul after God has purged it, quite painfully at times, of its attachments to the world and all its expectations not founded in God Himself. As such, this work is a little bit, shall we sa ...more
St. John of the Cross is a Christian Mystic. I read this book at an appropriate time in my life: soon after finishing my studies at the California Institute of Technology (1969 - 1972), where for my humanities requirement I took a class in which the required reading was some of the writings of the so-called ancient Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist writers. I had wanted to expand my readings of the mystics because the aforementioned class, as well as what I had evolved to at that point in my life, had ...more
if you go to spain and it touches deeply probably you'll end up reading John of the Cross. what Shakespeare is for the anglo saxon world he is for the spanish natives. he was founder of their language so, respect. his work is fresh like morning dew and not for entertainment. it is most rewarding to read but it depends on ourselves if we can receive the boon. doctor of church made him so high he can easily be mistaken for what he is not, a fanatical. he is the main reason spanish people believe s ...more
San Juan de la Cruz (English: St. John of the Cross), born Juan de Yepes Álvarez, was a major Counter-Reformation figure, a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar & priest. He was a reformer of the Carmelite Order & is considered, along with St Teresa of Ávila, as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. He's also known for his writings. Both his poetry & his studies on the grow ...moreMore about San Juan de la Cruz...