Door Through Darkness: John of the Cross and Mysticism in Everyday Life

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The teaching of John of the Cross is meant to be for everyone according to Sr. Eileen Lyddon whe ther they are gifted intellectually or spiritually or not; whe ther they are professional or lay Christians; whe ther they call themselves Catholics Orthodox Anglicans or Protestants. Sr. Lyddon's vision and sincerity are exactly what make the masterpiece that it is. She herself admits that when she first approached John of the Cross' writings she was attracted to the poetry and repelled by the scholasticism. But upon closer examination she found that the asceticism and rigidity associated with John's writings are more apparent than real. What's important for John is love; asceticism is a way of channeling love. Through wonderfully written everyday life examples Sr. Lyddon illustrates how John's teaching is so relevant today and she convinces us that it will have an impact on everyday life.

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A masterly exposition and commentary on the spiritual doctrine of John of the Cross. And for those who would otherwise find his terminology unfamiliar and his literary style somewhat academic Sister Eileen's book can serve as an excellent introduction to the writings of the Mystical Doctor. -Jordan Aumann O.P. Sister Eileen Mary has performed a most important service in making St. John of the Cross more widely available and accessible. For too long this spiritual theologian has been seen as a negative and world-denying ascetic and as one whose teachings were only suited to a spiritual elite. This book shows all the warmth/ gentleness/ and humanity of John of the Cross and his relevance to ordinary Christians.

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