Dark Night of the Soul (Aziloth Books)

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Few realize that the origins of today's well-used phrase, 'dark night of the soul', lie with a 16th century mystic and Carmelite monk, St. John of the Cross, (1542-1591). Along with his contemporary and friend St Teresa of Avila, St John furthered the cause of Christian mysticism, and was responsible for reforming the Carmelite Order during the time of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
In his masterwork, 'Dark Night of the Soul', St John analyses the process of purgation, the ...
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Few realize that the origins of today's well-used phrase, 'dark night of the soul', lie with a 16th century mystic and Carmelite monk, St. John of the Cross, (1542-1591). Along with his contemporary and friend St Teresa of Avila, St John furthered the cause of Christian mysticism, and was responsible for reforming the Carmelite Order during the time of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
In his masterwork, 'Dark Night of the Soul', St John analyses the process of purgation, the initial step in a three-stage process leading to Union with God. Purgation itself has two phases, first of the senses and then of the spirit, and the saint describes how the trials the soul must undergo - when all familiar spiritual feelings disappear and God Himself appears to abandon the seeker - are a necessary purification, leaving an individual ready to receive illumination and eventually achieve Union with the Divine.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908388865
  • Publisher: Aziloth Books
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 132
  • Sales rank: 1,493,228
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.28 (d)

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St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), born Juan de Yepes Alvarez, 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. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the thirty-three Doctors of the Church. When his feast day was inserted into the General Roman Calendar in 1738, it was assigned at first to 24 November, since his date of death was impeded by the then existing octave of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This obstacle was removed in 1955 and in 1969 his feast day was moved to his date of death, 14 December.
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