This volume includes the Spiritual Canticle between the Soul and Christ, The Living Flame of Love, plus John of the Cross’ verse-by-verse commentary on the poems. Also included are Instructions and Cautions, Spiritual Maxims, 17 letters, and 20 shorter poems. Paraphrasing the Song of Songs, Spiritual Canticle explores the image of passionate love as describing the mystical sufferings and longings of a soul enamored with God. The Living Flame of Love is a poem that was composed during or immediately after John of the Cross’ nine month imprisonment at Toledo. Many consider The Living Flame of Love a follow up to The Dark Night of the Soul.
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This volume is also part of the Post-Reformation Catholic Thought and Piety collection.
John of the Cross (1542–1591) was born Juan de Yepes Alvarez at Fontiveros, Old Castile, Spain. He was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, as well as a Spanish mystic, Catholic saint, Carmelite friar, and priest. John of the Cross reformed the Carmelite Order and is considered—along with Saint Teresa of Ávila—as a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. He is a Doctor of the Church and venerated as a saint in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran Traditions.