The famed 16th-century Spanish mystic's incomparable guide to spiritual life illuminates the path through confusion and despair that leads to union with God. This acclaimed translation of St. John's intensely poetic work offers a primer to his Dark Night of the Soul.
He was called "the greatest of all mystical theologians" by spiritual teacher Thomas Merton. And when St. John of the Cross was proclaimed to be a Doctor of the Church, Pope Pius XI praised his work as "a guide and handbook for the man of faith who proposes to embrace a life of perfection." The writings of the pious Carmelite priest, as well as those of St. Teresa of Avila, are regarded as the peak of Spanish mysticism. This remarkable guide to the spiritual life stands as his most popular work.
Imprisoned in Toledo during the sixteenth century, St. John wrote about his spiritual struggles with a unique poetic vision, illuminating a path for the faithful to grow closer to God. He believed that a spiritual union was open to us, but not before experiencing the confusion and despair of a dark night of the soul. Yet John's words are uplifting, lyrical, and filled with hope for any soul who aspires to the Divine union. By emptying ourselves of earthly distractionsmemory, will, and sensual desireswe can make room for the pure light of God's grace. A primer to his Dark Night of the Soul, this acclaimed translation will resonate with modern pilgrims searching for wisdom.
A major figure of the Counter-Reformation, St. John of the Cross was a Doctor of the Church and a reformer of the Carmelite order. Along with the works of St. Teresa of Avila, his writings are regarded as the peak of Spanish mysticism.