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John of the Cross

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Certain chapters stand out for their power, lucidity and summary quality. A wonderful breviary of the essential Juan de Yepes.

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This volume contains carefully chosen texts that give a picture of the “essential” St. John of the Cross (1542-1591), a Spanish Carmelite. Included are selections from The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, and Spiritual Canticle.


"Both seasoned and new readers of St. John of the Cross are in the debt of Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and the Paulist Press for the present volume. Highly esteemed for his translations of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, Kieran Kavanaugh is probably the best informed English speaking scholar on the lives and teaching of the two Carmelite doctors."     ~Preface


4. O woods and thickets, planted by the hand of my Beloved!

O green meadow, coated, bright, with flowers, tell me, has he passed by you?

5. Pouring out a thousand graces, he passed these groves in haste;

and having looked at them, with his image alone, clothed them in beauty.

6. Ah, who has the power to heal me? now wholly surrender yourself!

Do not send me any more messengers, they cannot tell me what I must hear.

7. All who are free tell me a thousand graceful things of you;

all wound me more and leave me dying of, ah, I-don't-know-what behind their stammering.

~The Spiritual Canticle

Editor Kavanaugh, Kieran
Author St. John of the Cross
Translator Kavanaugh, Kieran
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 326 pp.
Publisher Paulist Press 1987
Series Classics of Western Spirituality
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