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This volume contains carefully chosen texts that give a picture of the "essential" St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), a Spanish Carmelite. Included are selections from The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, and Spiritual Canticle.
Paperback, 326 pages
Published January 1st 1988 by Paulist Press (first published April 1987)
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Jun 18, 2016 diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Agnósticos y ateos que aman la belleza

Vivo sin vivir en mí
y de tal manera espero,
que muero porque no muero.

En mí yo no vivo ya,
y sin Dios vivir no puedo;
pues sin él y sin mí quedo,
este vivir ¿qué será?
Mil muertes se me hará,
pues mi misma vida espero,
muriendo porque no muero.

Esta vida que yo vivo
es privación de vivir;
y así, es continuo morir
hasta que viva contigo.
Oye, mi Dios, lo que digo:
que esta vida no la quiero,
que muero porque no muero.

Estando ausente de ti
¿qué vida puedo tener,
sino muerte padecer
la mayor que nunca vi?
Feb 18, 2010 Joy rated it liked it
This book included as much background on the life of John of the Cross
as it did on his writings. I was interested in this 16th century Spanish Carmelite monk because of his connection with St. Teresa of Avila. They were both mystics and part of the reform movement in the Catholic Church. The main lesson I learned from John's life was his
gentle and gracious responses to persecution and much misunderstanding
by leaders of the Roman Church. He seemed to have a servant heart, a
sense of humor, loyalty
Jan 11, 2008 Dmcconkey rated it it was amazing
Selected writings that include: The Ascent to Mount Carmel; The Dark Night of the Soul; The Spiritual Canticle; and the Living Flame of Love. Great introduction and translation of John of the Cross’ writings. I should have read this book first before tackling Dark Night twice – would have found out that The Ascent is the first book to read then one has a better understanding of The Dark Night. John of the Cross tried to put into words the process of coming to know Christ and walk with Him daily ...more
Jan 08, 2015 IAO131 rated it it was amazing
A classic of Christian mysticism. St John of the Cross is one of the few mystics who have attained while also retaining the ability to speak clearly and coherently. As in other classics of Christian mysticism, a great deal of the doctrines of Thelemic mysticism are prefigured. The 'dark night of the soul' in particular can be seen as an extended commentary on the ordeal of the Abyss. Recommended to all interested in mysticism, especially any Thelemites wishing to understand some of the roots of ...more
Aug 03, 2008 Diane rated it it was amazing
This book provides selections from the work on a Spanish monk who lived during the Counter-Reformation. His main insight is how suffering and trials can bring the soul nearer to God. As such, he is a comfort to Christians who are struggling or in difficulty. His poems are absolutely beautiful, and his commentary on them is very insightful.
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Dec 19, 2013 Emily Moore marked it as to-read
I am reading something similar to this.. but not exactly this book. John of the cross is so spiritually deep and it is something I truely enjoy.
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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 ...more
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