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John of the Cross: The Ascent to Joy: Selected Spiritual Writings [Paperback]

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A perfect introduction to John of the Cross writings, this anthology makes the Spanish saint and mystic accessible to the average reader. Contains ample introductions and annotations, opening up the complete spectrum of Johns spirituality.In this wellcrafted introduction and anthology, Marc Foley leads the reader step by step into the very heart of the spiritual way taught by John of the Cross. Nearly every serious spiritual seeker at some point experiences a need to look to the teaching of this sixteenthcentury Spanish saint and mystic for guidance, especially when one faces one's personal night of the soul. Here, the student or seeker can gain an intimate acquaintance not only with the rigor for which John is so wellknown, but also with his tenderness, his passion, and his poetic heart. Foley provides substantial introductions and notes, but the core of the teaching is developed in carefullyselected excerpts from John's own writings. The special gift of Ascent to Joy is that these excerpts are presented in a systematic order, so that the text can function both as a primer of John's teaching and as a profound introduction to the contemplative way. This volume fills a muchneeded niche in the array of spiritual books available today.Mary FrohlichCatholic Theological UnionChicago, ILLet Marc Foley, a seasoned, skillful and insightful reader of John of the Cross, be your guide to a deeper understanding of the journey to union with God as this journey is depicted by the Carmelite poet, mystic and master of the spiritual life.Keith J. EganSaint Mary's College and University of Notre Dame

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A perfect introduction to John of the Cross writings, this anthology makes the Spanish saint and mystic accessible to the average reader. Contains ample introductions and annotations, opening up the complete spectrum of Johns spirituality. In this well-crafted introduction and anthology, Marc Foley leads the reader step by step into the very heart of the spiritual way taught by John of the Cross. Nearly every serious spiritual seeker at some point experiences a need to look to the teaching of this sixteenth-century Spanish saint and mystic for guidance, especially when one faces one's personal night of the soul. Here, the student or seeker can gain an intimate acquaintance not only with the rigor for which John is so well-known but also with his tenderness, his passion and his poetic heart. Foley provides substantial introductions and notes but the core of the teaching is developed in carefully-selected excerpts from John's own writings. The special gift of Ascent to Joy is that these excerpts are presented in a systematic order, so that the text can function both as a primer of John's teaching and as a profound introduction to the contemplative way. This volume fills a much-needed niche in the array of spiritual books available today. Mary Frohlich Catholic Theological Union Chicago, IL Let Marc Foley, a seasoned, skillful and insightful reader of John of the Cross, be your guide to a deeper understanding of the journey to union with God as this journey is depicted by the Carmelite poet, mystic and master of the spiritual life. Keith J. Egan Saint Mary's College and University of Notre Dame

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Studio: New City Press
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 25, 2008
Publisher   NEW CITY PRESS
ISBN  1565482964  
ISBN13  9781565482968  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! A Carmelite priest currently living in Chicago, Fr. Foley is the author of The Love that Keeps Us Sane Living the Little Way of Therese of Lisieux.

Marc Foley currently resides in the state of Illinois. Marc Foley was born in 1949.

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Profound & Still relative to today.  Jun 10, 2008
I was amazed by the impact of this book on my everyday life. Marc Foley does a great job of explaining the St John of the Cross' allegory of the Dark Night of the Soul. Showing how we all walk through the Dark Night of the Soul (Life) as we grow in relationship with God. This book is a series of selected writings covering St John of the Cross' world renown poetry and his commentaries that he wrote discussing them. Whether you are Protestant or Catholic, any Christian will take away a unique understanding of their walk with God.

For me, there we several substantial take aways from this book. The first dealt with how many who are in the faith are looking for the powerful emotional experience as a sign of God working in our lives. In the second part of his allegory relating to our spiritual journey, he describes a time where one is having problems feeling God's presence in our life. It reminds me of Barlowgirl's song "Never Alone". St John tells us that these barren times of feeling apart from God are periods were we often are growing the most spiritual.

The second was St John's exhortation to the perils that result when God first comes into our lives as a sinful believer. He talks of the danger of beginners becoming "cocky" and "self focused" as the beginner sees God working in his/her life and takes credit for it. He then relates this problem back to the seven deadly sins. When I read this, many of the things he points out, mirrorred the issues I had as a new Christian. This for me was being prideful and seeking out attention. Doing things to be see and attempting to gain approval.

I highly recommend this book. Especially if you are trying to understand a dry time in your spirituality or your spiritual walk with God in general. I gave it a four star rating as the vocabulary used can get ethereal and hard to understand in places.
 

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