John Of The Cross (SOS)
John Of The Cross (SOS)

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Evans, George P. 

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Accessible biography of John of the Cross that helps readers understand the life and thought of this beloved Carmelite saint.

About this Book:

About this Book:

Saint John of the Cross was a Carmelite priest, poet, theologian, spiritual director, and a leader in his religious order. He became one of the world's foremost experts on the dynamics of making progress in faith, prayer, and love. John lived in our world with his own hopes and worries, stories and struggles, temptations and talents, and in so doing he let God's love fill him. By means of this biography readers will have the opportunity to learn about and perhaps experience God's grace in new ways.

John's early life was characterized by extreme poverty that led to malnutrition. At age 21, he entered a Carmelite monastery; from his few years of study, John advanced a view of the human person as created with the capacity to know and encounter God and grow in greater union with God.

After meeting Teresa of Avila, John began a foundation of reformed Carmelite friars and his life's work became the successful reform of Carmel, but unreformed Carmelites kidnapped John and whisked him away to a community where he was tortured physically and mentally. In the midst of this human harshness, John's awareness of the innocent, life-giving sufferings of Christ crucified led him to a deep trust that divine action was more forcefully at work.

As a poet, John had a deep awareness of images and their impact. He drew his favorite images from his everyday world. Immersing himself in the writings of the spiritual masters, John discovered how powerful images can speak of the Christian's efforts to follow Christ and seek union with God. Four images stand out prominently in his writing: night and its darkness, a log tossed into a flame, a romantic relationship leading to marriage, and a mountain climb. These images would become hallmarks of John's own later acclaimed contributions to Catholic spiritual tradition.

Features & Benefits:

  • A fresh look at John of the cross' life and writings
  • Engaging and accessible introduction to his comprehensive description of spiritual development
  • Rags-to-spiritual-riches story of a great saint
  • Includes questions for discussion and reflection
  • Takes its place in the popular Saints By Our Sides series

Read the entire Saints by Our Side Series

About the Author:

Father George P. Evans has been a priest of the Archdiocese of Boston since 1977. He has served in various parishes and in seminary formation ministry as spiritual director, instructor and administrator. He is currently the pastor of St. Julia Parish in Weston and Lincoln, Massachusetts. Holding a doctorate in theology from The Catholic University of America, he regularly teaches courses in theology and spirituality at Pope St. John XXIII and St. John's Seminaries.

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Trim size: 5 x 7¼ inches
Pages: 144?

Keywords: Carmelite, Dark Night of the Soul, Teresa of Avila, Juan de la Cruz, Spanish saints, mystics, suffering, saints lives, saint biographies, book club, Living Flame of Love, The Ascent of Mount Carmel, Mt. Carmel

Katherine Bogner says...
This Saints by Our Side Series is intended to help bring the stories of Saints- their lives, teachings, and impact on the world- in a short and attainable text that is still packed with content. I love the length of these books (just a little over 100 pages) which makes them easy to pick up and get to know a new Saint. Each book shares a thorough biography, a chronology, an original prayer, and reflection questions, and detailed bibliography. Neither Thomas Aquinas or John of the Cross are Saints that I previously knew a lot about, so these books were a great introduction. Im excited to see how this collection from Pauline Books and Media grows! ***Pauline Books & Media provided me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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