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John of the Cross: Selected Writings

by John of the Cross

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St. John of the Cross is a compelling figure and this is a very readable translation. He stands one step beyond the Medieval Period which makes it easier for the Modern reader to digest, at least for this one. The introduction is very helpful in framing the work. This installment of the exceptional Classics of Western Spirituality series is a great exploration of mysticism in the Christian Tradition. ( )
  danhammang | Apr 27, 2017 |
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John of the Cross is the author of "John of the Cross: Selected Writings". Kieran Kavanaugh is the editor and Ernest E. Larkin wrote the introduction.
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There are few works on the spiritual life in the West that can match the insight and sheer beauty of those of the sixteenth-century Spanish Carmelite, St. John of the Cross. A collaborator with St. Teresa of Avila in the reform movement that attempted to forge a new style of religious life, dedicated to recollection yet distinct from both the enthusiasm of the alumbrados and the sterility of the conventual Carmelites, John was no stranger to suffering. As he so memorable wrote in The Ascent of Mount Carmel, summing up his doctrine of detachment, "nothing (nada), nothing, nothing, and even on the Mountain nothing."

Yet the harshness of his teaching that emerges in the context of his commentaries on his poetry is balance by the poetry itself-a poetry that breathes the warmth and sweetness of the tender love of God that made John one of the greatest mystical writers of all time and earned him the title, Doctor of the Church.

Here, under one cover, are selections from his major works in a revised translation by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. Taken as a whole, this volume represents the essential St. John of the Cross and will serve well both the newcomer and the expert.

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Here, under one cover, are selections form his major works in a revised translation by Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. Taken as a whole, this volume represents the essential St. John of the Cross and will serve well both the newcomer and the expert.

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