The darkness clarifies our spiritual vision and we discover healing must come from elsewhere: we are too bound to ourselves to be our own liberators. I pondered the writing for days and months and even shared thoughts out of it with several discipleship groups that I meet with. Mining the poetry, biography and commentary of St. January 2, 2019: Thank you Richard for recommending this to me! In Canticle, the bride is found and wedded beneath the 'apple tree' of the cross, where 'the Son of God redeemed, and so betrothed, human nature, and so each soul, with himself'. John of the Cross Message.
Healing should follow the suffering, the darkness, right? This book is a commentary on the books of the 16th century mystic St. Whilst rejection and imprisonment played their part in the life of this sixteenth-century Spanish friar, John's poetry and prose reveal the beauty and power of a wondrous God. If you are like me, this seems more than a little off. The book deserves to be printed on nicer paper. One of the bennies of serving as our Carmelite Community Librarian is being first to peruse new books! Other than that one small complaint, I can find nothing upon which to improve. John of the Cross, Matthew calls the reader to spend a few chapters journeying with the Spanish saint into the depths of life with God.
This takes place in the night. This is the trouble with small, seemingly short books - you pick it up start reading a page or two and put it down thinking, this is just not what I expected. Ones opinions to lease The Impact of God: Soundings from St. One of my Carmelite sisters brought this to our last meeting and I just have to survey it while entering it into our library data system. Where was the code to help me figure him out? It is the best book I have ever read on John of the Cross. It is also a strong statement on love. Perhaps it just came at the right time in my life, but, personally, this book was mind-blowing and changed my approach to prayer.
St John of the Cross had an amazing story of connecting the deepest with God when he was imprisoned for years and actually felt the most abandoned. It gives us courage to believe in the possibility of change in our own lives, however unlikely or impossible this may seem. Therese wrote about being too little to climb his mountain and finding an elevator to lift her to the heights. I love mountains and the Carmelite Spirituality of Sts. For the human person, then, prayer is a supreme value. I take Iain Matthew to be a kind of genius in making the immense and profound wisdom of John of the Cross available to our minds and hearts.
The author's writing is interesting and at times has a stream of consciousness feel but he gets across some deep insights of John of the Cross. The whole spiritual life is about Union. Good for you, and good for me. Through the wisdom of Friar Iain Matthew, a true excavation is done into St John's works and practical teachings uncovered. I really wish I could say I enjoyed it, but in truth, I ended up finally skimming the book thoroughly as I was bored silly reading it. Some parts of the book were a little deep and hard to read but overall I thought it was good book.
Or enter a keyword for a topic in the search box to search our articles. I tried to keep an open mind going in to this, but I found that while there was a few decent reflection points for me along the way, I predominantly just felt resistance and irritation. With Matthew as a guide, we are able to appreciate the absolutely positive message: the God, who presses in needs empty hands. John of the Cross writes love poems out of encounter with Christ. Could stop of course and outline as I go. So 6 years later after lightly studying the primary works of St John of the Cross, I can now see the value of the book. Iain Matthew reveals beautifully the true John, firmly centred in Jesus, in love with Jesus, the John who through all his life and teaching shows the path to inner liberation and union with God.
Whilst rejection and imprisonment played their part in the life of this sixteenth-century Spanish friar, John's poetry and prose reveal the beauty and power of a wondrous God. Even were we free, the ultimate healing lies beyond our grasp. I brought to this quotation a sense that the Ascension of Christ brings not only the perfected humanity of Jesus, but also the humanity of human kind. When I am with him, every moment is a discovery; and being without him is like dying. John's works so I found This book is a commentary on the books of the 16th century mystic St. To make space, one must surrender.
This was a welcomed read for Holy Week. So, here's some help and it's really good. If you have been struggling with Dark Night over the last several, several years, this book will help you on your journey, but it is not one of those ahaaaaa, books so you can categorize and then shelve St. This is a book to spend some time and review thoroughly, so it will take some time. John's works afterward, too, as did I.
Iain Matthew reveals beautifully the true John, firmly centered in Jesus, in love with Jesus, the John who through all his life and teaching shows the path to inner liberation and union with God. The great John of the Cross is a writer of wonderful love poetry, poetry directed at Christ, and his doctrine includes the idea that one cannot know God, for to ascend in contemplative prayer is to reach nothingness. The author of this book explains this love poem, and many others, and the doctrine of the Spanish Saint. St John of the Cross testifies to a God who longs to meet us in our deepest need. Father Iain Matthew uses this classic inspirational Christian writing as his starting point, and offers five interpretations which make its richness relevant to the modern reader.
Meaning, we are the acted upon, not the actor, as we usually see ourselves. He also touches at the end on prayer and John's advice for his novices on how to find God in times of arid prayer. This is John at his most relaxed, able thus to be most intense. I pondered the writing for days and months and even shared thoughts out of it with several discipleship groups that I meet with. I really wish I could say I enjoyed it, but in truth, I ended up finally skimming the book thoroughly as I was bored silly reading it. On the other hand, we would appreciate when you have almost any information about the idea, and are also prepared to provide that.