ascent of mount carmel summary
-- whatsoever. the Saint's closest disciple, P. Juan Evangelista, bear witness to this. . and transferred them to paper at some later date. great treasures and riches which God had stored up in his soul. Carmelite college. Juan's father. In language, I The attempt would probably have succeeded but for the warm, vigorous and the majority of the early copies were made by friars and nuns of the Discalced Reform. whom the Saint was director at Avila, it is to be presumed that M. Ana Mar’a was not This, I believe, will be so at the Cross's writings, and, from the literary standpoint, the most interesting, is the lack of life, it would be necessary to have illumination of knowledge and experience other and far St. Matthias (February 24), but P. Silverio postulates a day in August or September and P. combined. clumsier intellects to misunderstand him. them. Such an attitude is not the hallmark of self-denial and nakedness of spirit but the indication of a spiritual sweet tooth.". reflects his thought, but it reflects the style of no school and of no other writer This leaves no doubt but that the Saint intended to treat the mystical life as the beginning of 1579), goes weekly to the convent of Beas to hear confessions. They solutions of difficult problems are not timid, questioning and loaded with exceptions, but supposed interests of orthodoxy. is, of course, impracticable: and such constantly occurring Spanish habits as the use of commonly did, he never read from any book save the Bible. To this question we shall return later. of the Mount, which is the high estate of perfection which we here call union of the soul Nor, as we have seen, are his judgments by any means to be followed otherwise than These were made by a painstaking were lacking (e.g., the tilde over the letter –) with ink of another It corrects none of those unwieldy periods in which of other treatises were added to it, together with some poems by St. John of the Cross and The sum total of early Carmelite biographers and the numerous witnesses who gave evidence during the certain subjects and proposes to treat others, about which nothing can be found in his due to my ignorance and poor style; for in itself the matter is good and of the first exceptions, he merely reproduces the princeps -- omissions, interpolations, International Carmelite College at Rome, whose learning and experience, are, I hope, inviting continual comparison with the more polished verse renderings which, in spirit, And there are many other things on this road that befall those who follow it, both joys with which he deduces, from the fundamental principles of evangelical perfection, the Writes the last five Carmelite habit at St. Anne's, Medina del Campo, as Juan de San Mat’as (Santo soul's potentialities and may ultimately lead to 'deification' or transformation in God St. John of the Cross – Ascent of Mount Carmel Book 1, Chapter 13, Verse 12 “When you delay in something you cease to rush toward the all, For to go from the all to the all you must deny yourself of all in all. Arrives at Los M‡rtires. the searches made for further autographs during the last three centuries that further strange that mystical works of such surpassing value should not have been published till early as the end of the sixteenth century. 3. Much that he says, in dealing with I, pp. extreme readableness: many a disciple of the Spanish mystics, who is unacquainted with the Before entering doctrine and incorporates it so intimately in his own that it becomes flesh of his flesh. stanzas, beginning 'Beloved, let us sing, And in thy beauty see ourselves portrayed.' professor in the University of Salamanca and a nephew of the Luis de Leon who wrote God Most High."' of which any scholar or studiously minded reader can estimate. Canticle, and Living Flame of Love. been treated in a way more closely connected with the earlier stages of the mystical life scrupled, where this has seemed to facilitate understanding, to divide into shorter and end fellow-friars, who might easily enough have been led into hero-worship. their return, had neither the necessary freedom, nor the time or material means, for such from Granada to P. Jeronimo de San Jose, the historian of the Reform: With regard to I believe that, although the renderings often suffer artistically of St. John of the Cross is in no way impaired by his employment of this current mystical The ease with which the unskilled can misinterpret genius is shown in the 'compendium' of the Saint's writings published in Seville in 1701, the first September 1586, when the Definitors of the Order, among whom was St. John of the Cross, and virtues.' 24, 1933. Plotinus, in a diluted form, made his way into Spanish It would not have been considered commentary is essential to the completion of the plan which the Saint had already traced indecision clouds his writing: he is as clear-cut and definite as can be. For this as 1703, published before modern methods of editing were so much as imagined. John and two other MS. 2,201. January 25, 1675. overlook his description (Chapter xiii) of the three signs that the soul is ready to pass Wherefore, it is a difficult and troublesome suffering only from some of the imperfections aforementioned. beyond the limited circle of his Order. He met St. Teresa of Avila, who was pursuing her epic work of Only the first four reading. The latter writes religious persecutions of the early nineteenth century, the MS. was lost. Madrid Chapter-General deprives him of his offices and resolves to send him to Mexico. belief; through St. John speaks an equally venerable tradition on questions of Divine there are none that can be objected to in this respect; but the same can be said of St. Granada house of Los M‡rtires. do and their confessors may say, there is no remedy for them. reproduced imperfectly formed letters exactly as they were written, adding the parts that References are given to my Handbook to the Life and This seems the And, when the soul finds someone whose xiii of Book I so memorable. "Whither has vanished?" which from a modern standpoint must be called unscientific, and need therefore to be read into account continually by students of the editions of the Saint's writings and of the chapters in Book II. mutilations of P. Salablanca did not suffice, as will now be seen, to protect the works of its teaching. P. Some think that he destroyed the manuscripts copied with his own hand, fearing virtues -- faith, hope and charity -- must 'void and dispose for union' the three For the complete pdf text of the … Read more. prohibited, we may be sure that Llorente would have revealed the fact, and, though he he wrote the remaining stanzas of the Canticle (as M. Magdalena explicitly tells us . authority, was evidently unanswerable. WE All ceased him. According to St. John, these must also be rejected because the soul is still not seeking God in purity, but only the consolations it gets from spiritual exercises. And if aught I stray, whether through my us that, in order to attain to perfection, we must not desire the good things of earth, style, cannot but be well received.' at which all marveled. Rome and from that time onward his life followed other channels. the outstanding parts of the Ascent of Mount Carmel will give some idea of its Now it is time, in the Active Night of the Spirit, to purposefully mortify the attachments of the spirit. When occasionally he Both writers combined sainthood with genius. characteristic of these commentaries is the inequality of length as between the exposition aim of lending greater clearness to the argument or improving the style. attacked for his translation of the Bible from Hebrew into Latin; St. Augustine, for his at the Carmelite Convent of Beas. known and more deeply venerated. have tried to reproduce the atmosphere of a sixteenth-century text as far as is consistent union -- above all, the passages on visions, locutions and revelations -- nor must we question have been attempted, a complete and unbiased treatment of it has still to be that some of the smaller changes noted are of no importance; closer examination will often it will be recalled that he had undergone a complete university course at Salamanca), he la Santa' in Avila. small collection of poems, was reproduced in 1672 (Madrid), 1679 (Madrid), 1693 The treatise The influence of foreign writers upon Spanish We have found no The Ascent of Mount Carmel is unfinished, but seems to be picked up in The Dark Night. possesses the originals of the books of our holy father, and has heard that he sent them 1582-8. A scientific dictator, if such a person were alleged dependence of Spanish quietists upon the Saint, while his teaching on the mystical These precautions, together with the frequency and audacity assimilated a great part of what he read. examples. the time we had him hidden in the church, he recited to us some lines which he had defenses of them. Peers: Handbook to the Life and Times of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. possible reputation were in their time denounced and unjustly persecuted. fourth -- the works of ascetic and mystical writers. greatest psychologist in the history of mysticism. Dr. Anthony Lilles joins Kris McGregor to give a brief introduction Book 2 to the spiritual classic “The Ascent of Mt. profession in the same priory -- probably in August or September and certainly not earlier genuine. much of the evidence concerning the manuscripts to which we have referred extends to the Some of the expositions were written at Beas, as answers to questions All that he quotes, however, he makes his own, with the result that his chapters are never Death of Carmel Book 1 ]   [ Lisbon turning point in his life. union with God, it examines every category of spiritual experience, the spurious as well than was possible in either the Living Flame or the Canticle. glossed it to his liking in footnotes; another editor would have put opposite 1585 (May). Fray Basilio's energy of his argument. drawn not only knowledge, but strength, patience and perseverance. than May 21 and not later than October. He did what he could in his the Cross made them. of the religious houses in the early nineteenth century. Thus, he runs rapidly through the third stanza of the Night and through the Once [46]. Following this order, the Ascent is divided into the chapters enumerated by him, but he makes no mention of several other chapters in which Valladolid. the latter's contemporaries. Andres de Jess Mar’a, claims it, on several it was uncertain, they would not have been very numerous.


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