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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: St. John of the Cross
John of the Cross, as he now called himself, became the first master of novices, and laid the foundation of the spiritual edifice which soon was to assume majestic proportions.
John was ordered by his provincial to return to the house of his profession (Medina), and, on his refusing to do so, owing to the fact that he held his office not from the order but from the Apostolic delegate, he was taken prisoner in the night of 3 December, 1577, and carried off to
It has been recorded that during his studies St. John particularly relished psychology; this is amply borne out by his writings.
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  John of the Cross - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Saint John of the Cross (Juan de la Cruz) (June 24, 1542 – December 14, 1591) was a Spanish Carmelite friar born at Fontiveros, a small village near Avila.
John of the Cross is considered one of the foremost poets in the Spanish language.
John wrote also three treatises on mystical theology, two of them concerning the two poems above, and supposedly explaining the meaning of the poems verse by verse and even word by word.
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 Juan de la Cruz
Among the Church's contemplatives, St. John is one of the acknowledged masters of mystical theology.
John did continue his studies, however, notably at the University of Salamanca, which was noted for its excellent professors of Thomist philosophy--an influence which is apparent throughout his writings.
When St. Teresa was ordered to return to the Convent of the Incarnation as its superior, she called upon John to assist her in renewing the large community, which had grown quite lax.
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 Jordan Aumann OP: Ascetical Teaching of St. John of the Cross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
St. John of the Cross is adamant in insisting that the soul desirous of making spiritual progress must reject everything that does not lead to union with God.
St. Thomas Aquinas rightly taught that the essence of virtue does not consist in the external act but in the interior strength of character that comes from the repetition of morally good acts.
John then provides two sets of counsels, the first of which has to do with the control of the passions, which by their very nature are self-centered.
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 Catholic First - St. John of the Cross - Ascent of Mount Carmel
The father of St. John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty, chose it also for his portion.
John of the Cross was perhaps the greatest mystical writer the world has ever known.
John of the Cross died in 1591, was beatified less than a century later in 1675, was canonized in 1726, and was named a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1926.
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 Embodied Love in John of the Cross
John of the Cross understand and present God's love for people, the world, indeed the whole of creation?" My thesis is that the fear many in the Christian churches have of body, passion and love has, in fact, led them to misinterpret St. John's view of love.
John of the Cross answers this question within the first stanza of the Living Flame: "Since this flame is a flame of divine life, it wounds the soul with the tenderness of God's life, and it wounds and stirs it so deeply as to make it dissolve in love" (F, 1, 7).
John of the Cross was familiar with the negative spirituality of his day, but wrote so that a whole new view of the world could arise like the phoenix from its ashes.
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 St. John of the Cross
John of the Cross are in the debt of Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D. and the Paulist Press for the present volume.
John received his elementary education in Medina del Campo at an institution for the children of the poor, in which he was also fed and clothed.
John of the Cross a Doctor of the Church, stated that they are rightly looked upon as a code and guide for the faithful soul endeavoring to embrace a more perfect life.
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 John of the Cross, Saint. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
He was a founder of the Discalced Carmelites and a close friend of St. Theresa of Ávila, who guided him in his spiritual life.
It was in his prison cell that St. John wrote his famous Spiritual Canticle and began his Songs of the Soul.
After an escape (1578) considered by many to be miraculous, he went to Andalusia, where his last years were spent in a constant struggle against his opponents and in the creation of masterly prose treatises on mystical theology, notably The Dark Night of the Soul and The Ascent of Mount Carmel.
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 JUAN DE LA CRUZ -  St John of the Cross - Juan de la Crux
Among the Church's contemplatives, St. John is one of the acknowledged masters of mystical theology.
John did continue his studies, however, notably at the University of Salamanca, which was noted for its excellent professors of Thomist philosophy--an influence which is apparent throughout his writings.
When St. Teresa was ordered to return to the Convent of the Incarnation as its superior, she called upon John to assist her in renewing the large community, which had grown quite lax.
www.ocd.pcn.net /gvcrux.htm   (1103 words)

  
 Carmelite Sisters D.C.J. -- St. John of the Cross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
John of the Cross, co-reformer of the Carmelite Order, was born in Spain in 1542 to a loving but extremely destitute family.
John spent the rest of his life establishing monasteries, spreading his reform, and writing many spiritual works, which are now treasured by the Church.
John of the Cross is one of the Church's most beloved mystics, known for his compassion and deep understanding of the inner workings of the soul.
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 ST JOHN OF THE CROSS by Hans Urs von Balthasar   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
St John's intention is to train the soul away from all these treasures to complete poverty and destitution, to prevent love from resting content with and clinging to the enjoyment of the form in which the divine manifests itself, so as to hurl it in complete nakedness into the naked reality of God.
For St John it is never a case of the creature being engulfed by God; it is rather the incorporation of the creature in the whole of his being, with all his powers (and thus with his merit), into the depths of grace.
St John of the Cross not only had the soul and perception of an artist, but, as is proved by the hastily sketched little drawing of the posture of the crucified Lord, whom he saw in a vision, he also possessed the technique of a master.
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 Pope John Paul II  14 December 1990  Apostolic Letter on 4th Centenary of the Death of St. John of the Cross
John of the Cross is known in the Church and in the world of culture for many things.
John of the Cross had to invent for his time a doctrinal system and practical approach to teaching faith in order to liberate it from perils that would waylay the faithful.
It is a joy, in commemorating the death of St. John of the Cross, to attest to the multitudes of persons from the most diverse points of view who are drawn to his writings: mystics and poets, philosophers and psychologists, representatives of other religious creeds, men and women of culture, and plain folk.
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 St John of the Cross by Thomas Merton   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
John of the Cross and El Greco were contemporaries, they lived in the same country, they were mystics, though by no means in the same degree.
John of the Cross, who seems at first sight to be a saint for the most pure of the Christian elite, may very well prove to be the last hope of harlots and publicans.
John of the Cross is the patron of those who have a vocation that is thought, by others, to be spectacular, but which, in reality, is lowly, difficult, and obscure.
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 The Metaphysics of Mysticism: a Philosophical Commentary on St. John of the Cross
The Metaphysics of Mysticism: a Philosophical Commentary on St. John of the Cross
The verse by verse interpretation which St. John himself offers is, obviously, the first and most apparent level, a level where St. John provides us with an often detailed explication of the meaning behind his extremely subtle poetic utterances.
The reason that I have chosen St. John is simply this: the works of St. John of the Cross, particularly the Ascent of Mount Carmel and The Dark Night of the Soul, stand, I think, as the culmination of the Western tradition of mysticism.
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 Dark Night of the Soul, by St. John of the Cross, translated by Mirabai Starr   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
For John, the dark night is an excruciating but necessary step of the spiritual journey wherein all familiar spiritual feelings and concepts of God dry up and fall into obscurity, leaving the seeker in a state of profound emptiness.
"John of the Cross is, for me, quite simply the crucial Christian contemplative; his dark night spirituality is still the absolute state of the art for anyone beyond the feel-good phase of a life of prayer.
But I've always hesitated to recommend the works of John of the Cross even to people I am sure would benefit by his wisdom, because his writing is extremely difficult, a somewhat windy, dry, and arcane 16th-century style, dense with scriptural allusion and theological citation, repetitive, and, in several cases, literally unfinished.
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 John of the Cross, St.
John of the Cross, born John Yepes y Alvarez, a Spanish mystic, is considered one of the greatest poets of the Spanish Renaissance.
John of the Cross became a Carmelite monk at the age of twenty-one and was ordained a priest when he was twenty-five.
John of the Cross died in Ubeda on December 14, 1591.
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 Carmelite Studies VI: John Of The Cross -- "HOW IS IT GOD LOVES US?": A HOMILY FOR ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS, ...
JOHN OF THE CROSS: THE PERSON, HIS TIMES, HIS WRITINGS, Michael Dodd, O.C.D. JOHN OF THE CROSS, John Sullivan, O.C.D. John Sullivan is a former chair of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, and past provincial of the Washington Province of Discalced Carmelites.
The second reading from Scripture for the feast of St. John assures us that: "we are heirs as well co-heirs with Christ [and] we know that God cooperates with those who love him, by turning everything to their good" (Rom 8:17, 28).
John assures us that even the heartbreak of human existence, which Jesus once knew first-hand, is still cherished by the Savior.
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 St. John of the Cross - Catholic Online
John supported her belief that the order should return to its life of prayer.
John left us many books of practical advice on spiritual growth and prayer that are just as relevant today as they were then.
Saint John of the Cross, in the darkness of your worst moments, when you were alone and persecuted, you found God.
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 Poet: St John of the Cross - All poems of St John of the Cross
Poet: St John of the Cross - All poems of St John of the Cross
Free Poetry E-Book: 1 poems of St John of the Cross
The son of poor silk weavers of Toledo, John was born Juan de Yepes y Alvarez in Fontiveros.
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 Patron Saints Index: Saint John of the Cross
Metaphysics of Mysticism: A Commentary on the Mystical Philosophy of Saint John of the Cross, by Geoffrey K Mondello
: A Homily for Saint John of the Cross, by John Sullivan, OCD
Just as we can never separate asceticism from mysticism, so in Saint John of the Cross we find darkness and light, suffering and joy, sacrifice and love united together so closely that they seem at times to be identified.
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 St John of the Cross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The Spaniard John Yepes (St. John of the Cross) was all thumbs when he tried to learn how to weave.
Fortunately, the general superiors learned of this neglect and rebuked the guilty man. But when John of the Cross died on December 14, 1591, he was still under a cloud in his own religious order.
St. Teresa had said, years before, "The people take him for a saint, and in my opinion he has been one all his life." Now even his previous enemies among the Carmelites hailed the deceased friar as truly holy.
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 carmelite.com > Our saints > St John of the Cross > Main
John's life was marked by suffering but he knew the security of the genuine selfless love of his mother and elder brother, Francisco.
His meeting with St Teresa when he was a young Carmelite friar led him to abandon his plan to join the Carthusian Order for a stricter way of life and wholeheartedly give himself to this new venture of St Teresa's.
A homily in honour of St. John of the Cross - Fr Greg Burke ocd
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 EDITH STEIN - STEVEN PAYN - DISCALCED CARMELITE ORDER
John of the Cross appears frequently in her later writings; she turned to him for reliable spiritual guidance during her years in Carmel.
Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was encouraged to resume her writing, and it is especially in the works she wrote as a Carmelite and intended for publication that she develops her reflections on John of the Cross at greater length.
We can note her approval of John’s love of Scripture and devotion to the liturgy, as well as her frequent references to the role of Our Lady in John’s life (something she found missing in Baruzi’s book); all of these themes were of great significance to her both as a Carmelite and a Christian.
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 Catholic Culture : Liturgical Year : December 14, 2004 : John of the Cross
Father, you endowed John of the Cross with a spirit of self-denial and a love of the cross.
John of the Cross (1542-1591) was born and died in Spain.
He would now have exchanged to the severe Carthusian Order, had not St. Teresa of Avila, with the instinct of a saint, persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of his own Order.
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 Catholic First - St. John of the Cross - Dark Night of the Soul   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
It would be rash, therefore, to deny that St. John of the Cross is its author, [or to suppose, as P. Gerardo did, that he deleted it during a revision of his works].
I De Vita Spirituali) and John of Rochester (against Luther's 32nd article); these writers claim that, as sin which is venial is only so through the Divine mercy, it may with perfect justice be rewarded by eternal punishment, and thus souls that have committed venial sin cannot be confident of their salvation.
St. John of the Cross seems to be referring to the last named when he writes of the realization of their afflictions and their deprivation of God not allowing them to enjoy the blessings of the theological virtues.
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 Amazon.com: St. John of the Cross (San Juan De LA Cruz): Alchemist of the Soul : His Life, His Poetry (Bilngual), His ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
The Poems of St. John of the Cross by St.
ST JOHN OF THE CROSS: Alchemist of the Soul is a collection by Antonio T. de Nicolas of writings by the 16th-century Spanish mystic, along with a brief biographical sketch.
St John of the Cross is one of the greatest spiritual writers in history, with enormous influence down to our time (especially on T.S. Eliot).
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 St. John of the Cross   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-27)
Externally his life then consisted of hastening from one impoverished new foundation to another, punctuated by an interlude when he was ‘captured’ by the unreformed Carmelites in 1575 and imprisoned at Toledo (where allegedly he was placed under the table during meetings of the friars’ Chapter in order to be kicked by all the members).
After St. Teresa’s death in 1582 he met with almost as much hostile treatment from the superior of the reform, and died in virtual exile in Úbeda (northern Andalusia) in 1591.
John, diminutive in stature and vast in spirit, was canonised in 1726 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1926.
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