John, A Carmelite

John’s decision to join the Carmelite Order rather than to become a Jesuit should arouse little surprise judging from his later writings. In these, John expounds on spiritual life in a manner quite different from that taught within the Jesuit Order. There is only scant documentation regarding John’s early spiritual life. It is only known …

John of the Cross: His Early Years

John of the Cross (1542-1591) appears within the chorus of late medieval mystical writers with especial prominence. The intensity with which he speaks concerning the Dark Night impresses upon the reader the conviction that John is uniquely acquainted with the experiences he describes. His determination to abandon all images in prayer, both sensory and conceptual, …