The Collected Works of St. John of the Cross (Washington, DC: Institute of Carmelite Studies, 1991)

If you are going to study the great Christian mystics and contemplatives you need to read St. John of the Cross. It’s not always easy reading, but it is insightful, edifying, and luminous. St. John of the Cross is perhaps the greatest of the “negative” or apophatic mystics, and his beautiful poetry and discerning prose reveal the importance of a trusting spirituality that transcends mere experiences or emotionalism in its singular longing for union with the Divine Beloved. This one volume collects all of his poetry, as well as both minor and major works (including his masterpiece, The Dark Night of the Soul) into one book, superbly translated and edited by Carmelite scholars Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez.

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