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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 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 Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 23

To Pastors and Teachers If all who laboured for the conversion of others were to introduce them immediately into Prayer and the Interior Life, and make it their main design to gain and win over the heart, numberless as well … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 22

Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 20

Of Self-Annihilation Supplication and sacrifice are comprehended in prayer, which, according to S. John, is “an incense, the smoke whereof ascendeth unto God;” therefore it is said in the Apocalypse that “unto the Angel was given much incense, that he … Continue reading Continue reading

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