Monthly Archives: May 2010

John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 6

[The imperfections of spiritual gluttony.] 1. A great deal can be said on spiritual gluttony, the fourth vice. There are hardly any persons among these beginners, no matter how excellent their conduct, who do not fall into some of the … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 5

[The imperfections of the capital vice of anger into which beginners fall.] 1. Because of the strong desire of many beginners for spiritual gratification, they usually have many imperfections of anger. When the delight and satisfaction procured in their spiritual … Continue reading

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Dylan Thomas – Do not go gentle into that good night

Do not go gentle into that good night Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end … Continue reading

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Mysticism and The Dark Night of the Soul

While it has been important in many religions, the Christian Mysticism tradition has long placed a particular emphasis on the Dark Night of the Soul experience. The 16th century Spanish Carmelite priest St. John of the Cross wrote a poem … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 4

[The imperfections of lust, the third capital vice, usually found in beginners.] 1. A number of these beginners have many more imperfections in each vice than those I am mentioning. But to avoid prolixity, I am omitting them and touching … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 3

[Some imperfections of spiritual avarice commonly found in beginners.] 1. Many beginners also at times possess great spiritual avarice. They hardly ever seem content with the spirit God gives them. They become unhappy and peevish because they don’t find the … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 2

[Some of the imperfections of pride possessed by beginners.] 1. These beginners feel so fervent and diligent in their spiritual exercises and undertakings that a certain kind of secret pride is generated in them that begets a complacency with themselves … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Chapter 1

[Quotes the first verse and begins to discuss the imperfections of beginners.] 1. Souls begin to enter this dark night when God, gradually drawing them out of the state of beginners (those who practice meditation on the spiritual road), begins … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – Book 1 – Introduction

A treatise on the night of the senses One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings – ah, the sheer grace! – I went out unseen my house being now all stilled. [Explanation] 1. In this first stanza, the soul … Continue reading

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John of the Cross – The Dark Night of the Soul – The Poem

The Poem: One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings – ah, the sheer grace! – I went out unseen, my house being now all stilled. In darkness, and secure, by the secret ladder, disguised, – ah, the sheer grace! … Continue reading

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