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Dark night of the soul

John of the Cross

Dark night of the soul

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Published by Image Books in New York .
Written in English


Edition Notes

Statementby Saint John of the Cross... ; translated [from the Spanish] and edited,with an introduction by E.Allison Peers ; from the critical edition of P.Silverio de Santa Teresa.
ContributionsPeers, E. Allison, Silverio de Santa Teresa, Father.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13981019M

For, as well as quenching the desires and pleasures and attachments of sense, He cleanses and frees the understanding that it may understand the truth; for pleasure of sense and desire, even though it be for spiritual things, darkens and obstructs the spirit, and furthermore that straitness and aridity of sense enlightens and quickens the understanding, as says Isaias. What the soul does here is to give its consent; the warmth and strength and temper and passion of love--or enkindling, as the soul here calls it--belong[] only to the love of God, which enters increasingly into union with it. Thus, while the spirit is tasting, the flesh tastes nothing at all and becomes weak in its work. In the same way, God desires to make our souls a reflection of His own, just like He did Corrie's. This passage indicates the limits of depression that we experience.

To this end God is pleased to strip them of this old man and clothe them with the new man, who is created according to God, as the Apostle says,[] in the newness of sense. This love has in it something of union with God, and thus to some degree partakes of its properties, which are actions of God rather than of the soul, these being subdued within it passively. For, if this were so, the soul would feel in its nature some inclination or desire to taste other things than those of God; since, whenever the desire is allowed indulgence in any imperfection, it immediately feels inclined thereto, whether little or much, in proportion to the pleasure and the love that it has put into it. I remained, lost in oblivion; My face I reclined on the Beloved.

From these imperfections some souls go on to develop many very grave ones, which do them great harm. I went, none seeing me Forth from my house, where all Dark night of the soul book quiet be —that is, the body and the mind, with their natural cares, being stilled. This enkindling of love, which accompanies the union of these two faculties, the understanding and the will, which are here united, is for the soul a thing of great richness and delight; for it is a certain touch of the Divinity and is already the beginning[] of the perfection of the union of love for which it hopes. Brethren, we want to have dual controls — let the Lord run it but keep a hand on the controls just in case the Lord should fail! And thus they are like to one who abandons what he has done in order to do it over again, or to one who leaves a city only to re- enter it, or to one who is hunting and lets his prey go in order to hunt it once more. The second sign for the discernment of this purgation is that the memory ordinarily turns to God solicitously and with painful care, and the soul thinks it is not serving God but turning back, because it is aware of this distaste for the things of God.


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Dark night of the soul by John of the Cross Download PDF Ebook

All but a few of us have felt abandoned by God. But, as time goes on, the fire begins to give heat to the soul, and the soul then very commonly feels this enkindling and heat of love. First of all, then, it must be purged of that former peace and disquieted concerning it and withdrawn from it.

This "darkness" can simply mean the absence of any understanding or knowledge as to what's happening to us or where we are going. Excerpted by permission of Dover Publications, Inc. This is caused by the profound immersion of its spirit in the knowledge and realization of its evils and miseries; for this Divine and dark light now reveals them all to the eye, that it may see clearly how in its own strength it can never have aught else.

7 Signs You May Be Experiencing a Dark Night of the Soul

So we talk a lot about the deeper life and spiritual victory and becoming dead to ourselves — but we stay very busy rescuing ourselves from the cross. Your breath catches in your throat, and is then dragged out of you. Hence it is obvious that this aversion and dryness is not the fruit of laxity and tepidity, for lukewarm people do not care much for the things of God nor are they inwardly solicitous Dark night of the soul book them.

Finally, that which still remains to be purged and enlightened most inwardly cannot well be concealed from the soul in view of its experience of its former purification;[] even as also in the wood it is the most inward part that remains longest unkindled,[] and the difference between it and that which has already been purged is clearly perceptible; and, when this purification once more assails it most inwardly, it is no wonder if it seems to the soul once more that all its good is gone, and that it never expects to experience it again, for, now that it has been plunged into Dark night of the soul book most inward sufferings, all good coming from without is over.

So here, when the imperfections are consumed, the affliction of the soul ceases and its fruition remains. Our will will become one with His as we learn to choose "not my will, but Thine. In thousands of hymns, we have sung of an experienced intimacy with God in Christ.

Satan, obviously, does not want that — therefore, he does everything he possibly can to stop it. In the happy night, In secret, when none saw me, Nor I beheld aught, Without light or guide, save that which burned in my heart.

INTO THIS dark night souls begin to enter when God draws them forth from the state of beginners—which is the state of those that meditate on the spiritual road—and begins to set them in the state of progressives—which is that of those who are already contemplatives—to the end that, after passing through it, they may arrive at the state of the perfect, which is that of the Divine union of the soul with God.

During this time God moves us from simply "feeling good about Him" to a deeper awareness of Him and an intimacy never before known.

FOR the greater clearness of what has been said, and of what has still to be said, it is well to observe at this point that this purgative and loving knowledge or Divine light whereof we here speak acts upon the soul which it is purging and preparing for perfect union with it in the same way as fire acts upon a log of wood in order to transform it into itself; for material fire, acting upon wood, first of all begins to dry it, by driving out its moisture and causing it to shed the water which it contains within itself.

We shall likewise be able to see that, even as spirits are purged in the next life with dark material fire, so in this life they are purged and cleansed with the dark spiritual fire of love.

And in such wise do they devote themselves to this that, when they have received no pleasure or sweetness in the senses, they think that they have accomplished nothing at all.

Dark Night of the Soul

It is for this reason that the soul says in this line that it was 'kindled Dark night of the soul book love with yearnings. When these impurities attack such souls through the medium of melancholy, they are not as a rule freed from them until they have been cured of that kind of humour, unless the dark night has entered Dark night of the soul book soul, and rids them of all impurities, one after another.

Thus it is dry and it dries; it is hot and heats; it is bright and gives brightness; and it is much less heavy than before. With regard to this way of purgation of the senses, since it is so common, we might here adduce a great number of quotations from Divine Scripture, where many passages relating to it are continually found, particularly in the Psalms and the Prophets.

Then it begins to make it black, dark and unsightly, and even to give forth a bad odour, and, as it dries it little by little, it brings out and drives away all the dark and unsightly accidents which are contrary to the nature of fire.

If he cannot, then, while the other is Dark night of the soul book far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. And thus they are like to one who abandons what he has done in order to do it over again, or to one who leaves a city only to re- enter it, or to one who is hunting and lets his prey go in order to hunt it once more.

And it is evident that the greatest suffering which it feels in these trials is this misgiving; for, if it could be certified at that time that all is not lost and over, but that what is happening to it is for the best--as it is--and that God is not wroth, it would care naught for all these afflictions, but would rejoice to know that God is making use of them for His good pleasure.

Yet we are more than our feelings, and we can live beyond emotion's tyranny. We will be delivered from self-pity and self-righteousness. We will begin to have an overwhelming desire for God. God oftentimes puts us though difficult trials to reveal to us the nature of our undying attachments to earthly things — there must not be a single thing in our earthly lives that we knowingly hold back from God.

These persons, in communicating, strive with every nerve to obtain some kind of sensible sweetness and pleasure, instead of humbly doing reverence and giving praise within themselves to God.There is an old saying: “There are two things in life that we cannot avoid, death and taxes.” But the truth is, the only two things we cannot avoid are death and the Dark Night of the Soul.

And although “The Dark Night of the Soul” (life’s greatest transformational experience). The Dark Night of the Soul is not the same as depression.

Although depression shares many of its characteristics with the experience of having a Dark Night of the Soul, it can often be treated and sometimes cured with medications, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness practices, lifestyle changes, and so forth. In Dark Night of the Soul, he takes readers on a deeply spiritual journey through hardships and temptations to complete union with God.

In a step-by-step process, he shows how God can use this "dark night" to eventually bring our human spirits into greater illumination, revealing heavenly wisdom and the passion of divine love.

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