Guided by his own experience, John became a teacher and later a poet of human and divine love. The book presents links between John’s Spiritual Canticle and Scripture’s love poem, the Song of Songs. It recognizes the importance of the journey of love in the stages of spiritual life as applied to contemporary situations.
All the necessary background for anyone who wishes to benefit from this great spiritual work. The book starts with the life of John of the Cross, identifying the dark nights of his own life. It presents the stages of spiritual life and the importance of dark nights, and contains aids and key questions for applying John's messages today.
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The final chapter in John's vision of love, describing the end of a journey to spiritual marriage, beginning with longing and transforming through purification. A beautiful and expansive description of John being united and immersed in love, with a deeper understanding of the cosmos.
Historical, regional, and religious background rarely found in other introductory books.
The central teachings of John on the importance of love as the goal of life. All of John's writings proclaim the centrality of love in spiritual growth.
The first book is written as if John of the Cross is speaking directly to the reader who has expressed interest in John’s life and teachings. In seven session, the reader will come to know the great mystic and his teachings and gain a deeper commitment to a spiritual life.
Read and reflect on the life, ministry, spiritual direction, spirituality of John. Includes selections from all of his works, as well as comments from many leading writers and commentators.
Come to know one of the greatest teachers of prayer that the world has ever known. Use as a companion to the careful and prayerful reading of Teresa's writings.