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Published by Image Books in Garden City, N.Y .
Written in English


  • Mysticism -- Catholic Church

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Edition Notes

StatementTranslated and edited, with an introd., by E. Allison Peers from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa.
SeriesA Doubleday image book, D78
ContributionsPeers, E. Allison 1891-1952.
The Physical Object
Pagination193 p.
Number of Pages193
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23371733M

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  Dark Night Of The Soul describes the painful experiences and their significance on the spiritual journey of St. John. The dark night is perceived by mystics and practicing monks from several religions to be a blessing in disguise, whereby the individual is stripped (in the dark night of the senses) of the spiritual ecstasy associated with acts of virtue.   Question: "What is a 'dark night of the soul'?" Answer: The phrase “dark night of the soul” comes from a poem by St. John of the Cross (), a Spanish Carmelite monk and mystic, whose Noche obscura del alma is translated “The Dark Night of the Soul.” This eight-stanza poem outlines the soul’s journey from the distractions and entanglements of the world to the perfect peace . DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL INTRODUCTION SOMEWHAT reluctantly, out of respect for a venerable tradition, we publish the Dark Night as a separate treatise, though in reality it is a continuation of the Ascent of Mount Carmel and fulfils the undertakings given in it: The first night or purgation is of the sensual part of the soul, which is treated in theFile Size: KB.   During this hellish imprisionment, St. John wrote The Dark Night of the Soul, a spiritually moving and mystical book that systematically describes John’s actual experience in poetic language. Although it is one of the most difficult books to read on Christian mysticism, St. John’s forceful and energetic style give hope and comfort to those.

The Dark Night. Stanzas Of The Soul. 1. One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings — ah, the sheer grace! — I went out unseen, my house being now all stilled. 2. In darkness, and secure, by the secret ladder, disguised, — ah, the sheer grace! — in darkness and concealment, my house being now all stilled. 3. On that glad night.   Thomas Moore does it with this book that looks at the spiritual/psychological experience St. John of the Cross called the "dark night of the soul." While Moore begins the book comparing the dark night to the biblical story of Jonah in the whale he draws on a wide variety of spiritual traditions and the works Jung and Hillman to explore how the /5. In a dark night, With anxious love inflamed, O, happy lot! Forth unobserved I went, My house being now at rest. ii. In darkness and in safety, By the secret ladder, disguised, O, happy lot! In darkness and concealment, My house being now at rest, ‎5/5(1). This dark night is an inflow of God into the soul, which purges it of its habitual ignorances and imperfections, natural and spiritual, and which the contemplatives call infused contemplation or mystical theology.1 Through this contemplation, God teaches the soul secretly and instructs it in the perfection of love without its doing anything or.