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St. John of the Cross was a Carmelite friar and priest; he is renowned for his cooperation with Saint Teresa of Ávila in the reformation of the Carmelite order, and for his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul. Dark Night of the Soul is considered one of the greatest religious poems ever written. This masterpiece of Mystic Christianity examines faith and how to keep faith when all seems lost. Think of it as guide to making it through the dark night of the soul to the brighter, happier, faith filled ...
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St. John of the Cross was a Carmelite friar and priest; he is renowned for his cooperation with Saint Teresa of Ávila in the reformation of the Carmelite order, and for his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul. Dark Night of the Soul is considered one of the greatest religious poems ever written. This masterpiece of Mystic Christianity examines faith and how to keep faith when all seems lost. Think of it as guide to making it through the dark night of the soul to the brighter, happier, faith filled tomorrow that awaits.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604592634
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 2/27/2008
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 1,254,177
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Mirabai Starr is a published writer of fiction and essays. An adjunct professor of philosophy, religious studies, and Spanish at the University of New Mexico at Taos, she has been studying St. John of the Cross's texts for more than twenty years.
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Table of Contents

Principle Abbreviations     9
Introduction     11
Prologue     25
The First Book
Sets down the first line and begins to treat of the imperfections of beginners     33
Of certain spiritual imperfections which beginners have with respect to the habit of pride     37
Of some imperfections which some of these souls are apt to have, with respect to the second capital sin, which is avarice, in the spiritual sense     43
Of other imperfections which these beginners are apt to have with respect to the third sin, which is luxury     47
Of the imperfections into which beginners fall with respect to the sin of wrath     53
Of imperfections with respect to spiritual gluttony     55
Of imperfections with respect to spiritual envy and sloth     61
Wherein is expounded the first line of the first stanza, and a beginning is made of the explanation of this dark night     65
Of the signs by which it will be known that the spiritual person is walking along the way of this night and purgation of sense     69
Of the way in which these souls are to conduct themselves in this dark night     77
Wherein are expounded the three lines of the stanza     81
Of the benefits which this night causes in the soul     85
Of other benefits which this night of sense causes in the soul     93
Expounds this last verse of the first stanza     101
The Second Book
Which begins to treat of the dark nights of the spirit and says at what time it begins     109
Describes other imperfections which belong to these proficients     113
Annotation for that which follows     117
Sets down the first stanza and the exposition thereof     121
Sets down the first line and begins to explain how this dark contemplation is not only night for the soul but is also grief and torment     123
Of other kinds of pain that the soul suffers in this night     129
Continues the same matter and considers other afflictions and constraints of the will     135
Of other pains which afflict the soul in this state     143
How, although this night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so in order to illumine it and give it light     149
Explains this purgation fully by a comparison     159
Begins to explain the second line of the first stanza. Describes how, as the fruit of these rigorous constraints, the soul finds itself with the vehement passion of Divine love     165
Shows how this horrible night is purgatory, and how in it the Divine wisdom illumines men on earth with the same illumination that purges and illumines the angels in Heaven     171
Of other delectable effects which are wrought in the soul by this dark night of contemplation      177
Wherein are set down and explained the last three lines of the first stanza     187
Sets down the second stanza and its exposition     191
Explains how, though in darkness, the soul walks securely     193
Explains how this dark contemplation is secret     205
Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladder     213
Begins to explain the ten steps of the mystic ladder of Divine love, according to Saint Bernard and Saint Thomas. The first five are here treated     217
Wherein are treated the other five steps of love     223
Which explains this word 'disguised,' and describes the colours of the disguise of the soul in this night     227
Explains the third line of the second stanza     235
Expounds the fourth line and describes the wondrous hiding place wherein the soul is set during this night. Shows how, although the devil has an entrance into other places that are very high, he has none into this     237
Completes the explanation of the second stanza     247
Wherein is expounded the third stanza     249
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    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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