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Dark Night Of The Soul - St John Of The Cross

Paperback Published: 11th January 1959
ISBN: 9780385029308
Number Of Pages: 208

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St. John of the Cross has been called "the most sublime of all Spanish mystics," and his spiritual masterwork, "Dark Night of the Soul," stands as one of the greatest contributions to the literature of mysticism.

Translator's Preface to the First Editionp. 11
Translator's Preface to the Second Editionp. 18
Principal Abbreviationsp. 20
Introductionp. 21
Prologuep. 33
Sets down the first line and begins to treat of the imperfections of beginnersp. 37
Of certain spiritual imperfections which beginners have with respect to the habit of pridep. 39
Of some imperfections which some of these souls are apt to have, with respect to the second capital sin, which is avarice, in the spiritual sensep. 44
Of other imperfections which these beginners are apt to have with respect to the third sin, which is luxuryp. 47
Of the imperfections into which beginners fall with respect to the sin of wrathp. 52
Of imperfections with respect to spiritual gluttonyp. 53
Of imperfections with respect to spiritual envy and slothp. 58
Wherein is expounded the first line of the first stanza, and a beginning is made of the explanation of this dark nightp. 61
Of the signs by which it will be known that the spiritual person is walking along the way of this night and purgation of sensep. 63
Of the way in which these souls are to conduct themselves in this dark nightp. 69
Wherein are expounded the three lines of the stanzap. 72
Of the benefits which this night causes in the soulp. 76
Of other benefits which this night of sense causes in the soulp. 82
Expounds this last verse of the first stanzap. 87
Which begins to treat of the dark night of the spirit and says at what time it beginsp. 91
Describes other imperfections which belong to these proficientsp. 93
Annotation for that which followsp. 96
Sets down the first stanza and the exposition thereofp. 98
Sets down the first line and begins to explain how this dark contemplation is not only night for the soul but is also grief and purgationp. 100
Of other kinds of pain that the soul suffers in this nightp. 103
Continues the same matter and considers other afflictions and constraints of the willp. 108
Of other pains which afflict the soul in this statep. 115
How, although this night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so in order to illumine it and give it lightp. 119
Explains this purgation fully by a comparisonp. 127
Begins to explain the second line of the first stanza. Describes how, as the fruit of these rigorous constraints, the soul finds itself with the vehement passion of Divine lovep. 132
Shows how this horrible night is purgatory, and how in it the Divine wisdom illumines men on earth with the same illumination that purges and illumines the angels in Heavenp. 136
Of other delectable effects which are wrought in the soul by this dark night of contemplationp. 140
Wherein are set down and explained the last three lines of the first stanzap. 147
Sets down the second stanza and its expositionp. 149
Explains how, though in darkness, the soul walks securelyp. 150
Explains how this dark contemplation is secretp. 158
Explains how this secret wisdom is likewise a ladderp. 164
Begins to explain the ten steps of the mystic ladder of Divine love, according to Saint Bernard and Saint Thomas. The first five are here treatedp. 167
Wherein are treated the other five steps of lovep. 172
Which explains this word 'disguised,' and describes the colours of the disguise of the soul in this nightp. 175
Explains the third line of the second stanzap. 181
Expounds the fourth line and describes the wondrous hiding-place wherein the soul is set during this night. Shows how, although the devil has an entrance into other places that are very high, he has none into thisp. 182
Completes the explanation of the second stanzap. 190
Wherein is expounded the third stanzap. 192
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ISBN: 9780385029308
ISBN-10: 0385029306
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 11th January 1959
Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 14.1  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition

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