Dark Night of the Soul
by St. John of the Cross
Editor: Dover Publications Inc.
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The great Spanish mystic of St. John of the Cross became a Carmelite monk in 1563, and helped St. Teresa of Avila to reform the Carmelite order — endure persecution and imprisonment for her effortsBoth in his writing and in his life, he eloquently demonstrated his love for GodHis writings reflections on man’s relationship with God were literacy efforts which placed him on an intellectual and philosophical with such great writers as St Augustine and Thomas AquinasIn this work — a spiritual and classical masterpiece of Christian and mystical literature — he deals with several subjects, including pride, greed, envy, and other human imperfectionsHis analysis of the “dark night of the spirit”, which considers the affliction and pain of the soul, is followed by a detailed explanation of divine love and the exulting soul of union with GodThis beautiful translation by EAllison Peers “is the most faithful who has appeared in any European language: he is, in fact, much more than a translation for[Peers] adding his own precious histories and[critical interpretation] notes”.Times Of London
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