Dark Night of the Soul

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In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls.

With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the souls into ...

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Overview

In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait painted from his own experience of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life. The dark night that St John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls.

With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood dark night of the souls into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God s glory.

Be not afraid- Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its instructions for holy living, is laced with St John s charity and kindness, his love of all things beautiful and sacred- including you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895552303
  • Publisher: Saint Benedict Press/Tan Books Publishers Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 911,501
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1542 in what is now Spain, St John of the Cross entered the Carmelites in 1563 and received Holy Orders four years later. Soon after they met, St Teresa of Avila enlisted him in her efforts to purify the Carmelite Order. When the strict observances of St John s Disclaced (literally shoeless ) Carmelites sparked widespread reform, some disgruntled monks captured, imprisoned, and tortured him. During those nine months and beyond, St John of the Cross endured a dark night of the soul . This and other contemplative experiences inspired his mystical theology and thereby earned him the title Doctor of the Church.

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Table of Contents

Preface v

Introduction xiii

Book 1 Of the Night of Sense

Chapter 1 Begins with the first stanza and treats of the imperfections of beginners 3

Chapter 2 Of some spiritual imperfections to which beginners are liable in the matter of pride 7

Chapter 3 Of the imperfections into which some beginners are wont to fall, in the matter of the second capital sin, which is avarice, in the spiritual sense 13

Chapter 4 Of other imperfections into which some beginners are wont to fall, in the matter of the third sin, which is luxury, spiritually understood 17

Chapter 5 Of the imperfections of beginners in the matter of anger 23

Chapter 6 Of the imperfections in the matter of spiritual gluttony 25

Chapter 7 Of the imperfections in the matter of envy and spiritual sloth 31

Chapter 8 Explanation of the first line of the first stanza. Beginning of the explanation of the dark night 35

Chapter 9 Of the signs by which it may be known that the spiritual man is walking in the way of this night or purgation of sense 39

Chapter 10 How they are to conduct themselves who have entered the dark night 45

Chapter 11 Stanza I 49

Chapter 12 Of the benefits which the night of sense brings to the soul 53

Chapter 13 Of other benefits which the night of sense brings to the soul 59

Chapter 14 The last line of the first stanza explained 65

Book 2 Of the Night of the Spirit

Chapter 1 The Second Night; that of the spirit. When it begins 71

Chapter 2 Of certain imperfections of proficients 75

Chapter 3 Notes on that which is to follow 79

Chapter 4 Explanation of the first stanza 83

Chapter 5 Explains how this dim contemplation is not a night only, but pain and torment also for the soul 85

Chapter 6 Of other sufferings of the soul in this night 91

Chapter 7 The same subject continued. Other afflictions and trials of the will 97

Chapter 8 Of other sufferings which distress the soul in this state 103

Chapter 9 How this night enlightens the mind, though it brings darkness over it 109

Chapter 10 Explanation of this purgation by a comparison 117

Chapter 11 Begins the explanation of the second line of the first stanza, and shows how a vehement passion of divine love is the fruit of these sharp afflictions of the soul 123

Chapter 12 Shows how this awful night is a purgatory, and how in it the divine wisdom illuminates men on earth with that light in which die angels are purified and enlightened in heaven 127

Chapter 13 Other sweet effects wrought in the soul in the dark night of contemplation 131

Chapter 14 Repeats and explains the last three lines of the first Stanza 139

Chapter 15 The second stanza and its explanation 143

Chapter 16 Shows how the soul journeys securely when in darkness 145

Chapter 17 Gives the second line and explains how this dim contemplation is secret 153

Chapter 18 Shows how this secret wisdom is also a ladder 159

Chapter 19 Begins the explanation of the ten degrees of the mystic ladder according to St. Bernard St. Thomas 163

Chapter 20 Of the other five degrees 169

Chapter 21 The meaning of "disguised." The colors in which the soul disguises itself in this night 173

Chapter 22 Explains the third line of the second stanza. Happiness of the soul in having overcome its enemies 179

Chapter 23 Explains the fourth line-describes the wonderful hiding place of the soul in this night, and how the devil, though he enters other most secret places, enters not this 181

Chapter 24 Concludes the explanation of the second stanza 189

Chapter 25 In which the third stanza is briefly explained 193

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    Not a good book unless you are a scholar.

    The Spanish to English translation needs further translation into modern English. It includes sentences that take a paragraph to finish, as well as quotes in Latin that she fails to translate into English. This book is not readable by an average reader.

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    Who was St.John of the Cross

    I have been seeing references to and quotes from the writings of St. John of the Cross for years, especially in writings in Yoga, Mindfulness Meditation, and poetry.

    Finally, curiosity got the best of me and I purchased this fascinating book. St. John of the Cross was an amazing character. It fascinates me to peek inside the mind of someone so different from myself. Also his statements about the development of a more spiritual mind are right on.

    People with his singleminded religious zeal have made huge impacts on the way we live. Think Plymouth Rock, the Crusades, the Salem witch hunts, the generosity of The Salvation Army, the fearlessness of the Jihadists, etc.

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