Dark Night of the Soul

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  • Dark Night of the Soul
  • A spiritual masterpiece
  • Beautiful, profound words from a beloved saint

In Dark Night of the Soul, Saint John of the Cross presents for us a portrait – painted from his own experience – of one who advances successfully through the struggles of the spiritual life.

The “dark night” that St. John describes is not abandonment by God but special consideration from Him for those who desire to purify and perfect their souls. With a soul purified from earthly attachments, we can advance through the much quoted but oft misunderstood “dark night of the soul” into unity with God. By accepting the desolation and difficulty of this process, the soul cooperates with God and opens itself to receiving and revealing more perfectly God’s glory.

Be not afraid: Dark Night of the Soul, though austere and exacting in its instructions for holy living, is laced through with St. John’s charity and kindness, his love of all things beautiful and sacred – including you.

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  • 4 Jun 30th 2020
    Dark Night of the Soul

    Easy reading.

    Luis Contreras

  • 5 Mar 22nd 2019
    Dark Night of the Soul

    This is a great book. I'm very pleased with it.

    John R Beckmann

  • 5 Feb 14th 2017
    Bright Light on Your Shelf

    Separated into two main parts, while beautifully looking at a few different extended metaphors (and one longer poem), St. John of the Cross in his "Dark Night" covers a very wide range of spiritual growth from multiple angles. And he does so quite eloquently. It is a great old book, and valuable even if in a radiant day on your spiritual journey.

    Michael Molnar

  • 5 May 10th 2016
    John of the Cross "Dark Night of the Soul"

    A slow read for me; eye-opener for the sanctification of your own soul. Life changing

    Sally K

  • 5 Nov 11th 2009
    Good quality

    Very good book but you need to pray your way through it. I have not yet finished it. Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Well Written

    Slow reader

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