Ascent of Mount Carmel

St. John of the Cross

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Ascent of Mount Carmel is a spiritual treatise by 16th-century Spanish Catholic mystic St. John of the Cross. Originally written between 1578 and 1579, the text outlines the progress of the Soul to the summit of the metaphorical Mount Carmel, where it encounters God. Ascent of Mount Carmel is considered one of the greatest works in Christian Mysticism, showing how a lifestyle that favours abstinence of the worldly pleasures can lead to a union with Christ. The treatise was written after he escaped from prison, after being detained by a group known as the Carmelites, over the fact that John was in favour of reformation, and they were not. He was canonised by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726, and in 1926 he was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI. As well as the actual text of the book, this edition contains: Translator’s Preface To The First Edition; Translator’s Preface To The Second Edition; Principal Abbreviations; An Outline Of The Life Of St. John Of The Cross; General Introduction To The Works Of St. John Of The Cross; Introduction; and, The Manuscripts.

This book has 157,310 words, 227 pages in the PDF version, and was originally written between 1578 and 1579. This translation by Edgar Allison Peers was first published in 1935.

Production notes: This ebook of Ascent of Mount Carmel was published by Global Grey on the 13th April 2021, and updated on the 5th April 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Virgin of the Carmen with Saint Theresa and Saint John of the Cross' by Juan Rodríguez Juárez.

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