"He soars on the wings of Divine love
"It is perhaps not an exaggeration to say that the verse and prose works
combined of St. John of the Cross form at once the most grandiose and the most
melodious spiritual canticle to which any one man has ever given utterance.
The most sublime of all the Spanish mystics, he soars aloft on the wings of
Divine love to heights known to hardly any of them. . . . True to the character of his
thought, his style is always forceful and energetic, even to a fault.
When we study his treatises—principally that great composite work known
as the Ascent of Mount Carmel and the Dark Night—we have the impression of a
mastermind that has scaled the heights of mystical science;and from their summit
looks down upon and dominates the plain below and the paths leading upward. . . .
Nowhere else, again, is he quite so appealingly human; for, though he is human
even in his loftiest and sublimest passages, his intermingling of philosophy with
mystical theology; makes him seem particularly so. These treatises are a wonderful
illustration of the theological truth that graced far from destroying nature, ennobles
and dignifies it, and of the agreement always found between the natural and the
supernatural—between the principles of sound reason and the sublimest
manifestations of Divine grace."
E. ALLISON PEERS
OF THE SOUL
Saint John of the Cross
DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH
THIRD REVISED EDITION
Translated and edited, with an Introduction,
by E. ALLISON PEERS
from the critical edition of
P. SILVERIO DE SANTA TERESA, C.D.
A Division of Doubleday & Company, Inc.
Garden City, New York
IMAGE BOOKS EDITION 1959
by special arrangement with The Newman Press
Image Books edition published February 1959
1st printing January 1959
Electronic edition scanned by Harry Plantinga, 1994
This electronic text is in the public domain.
NIHIL OBSTAT: GEORGIVS SMITH, S.T.D, PH.D.
IMPRIMATVR: E. MORROGH BERNARD
WESTMONASTERII: DIE XXIV SEPTEMBRIS MCMLII