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September 29th, 2011

Ebook : Dark Night of The Soul

Dark Night of The Soul

Dark Night of The Soul by St. John of The Cross

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This is  the sequel to Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of The Cross. St. John continues to describe the dark night in this sequel. Download the Dark Night of The Soul PDF for free from the above download link. The PDF has 96 pages.

Preface to Dark Night of The Soul

Somewhat reluctantly, out of respect for a venerable tradition, we publish the Dark Night as a separate treatise, though in reality it is a continuation of the Ascent of Mount Carmel and fulfils the undertakings given in it. And the second night, or purification, pertains to those who are already proficient, occurring at the time when God desires to bring them to the state of union with God. And this latter night is a more obscure and dark and terrible purgation.

Synopsis of Dark Night of The Soul

In his three earlier books he has written of the Active Night, of Sense and of Spirit; he now proposes to deal with the Passive Night, in the same order. He has already taught us how we are to deny and purify ourselves with the ordinary help of grace, in order to prepare our senses and faculties for union with God through love. He now proceeds to explain, with an arresting freshness, how these same senses and faculties are purged and purified by God with a view to the same end—that of union.

The combined description of the two nights completes the presentation of active and passive purgation, to which the Saint limits himself in these treatises, although the subject of the stanzas which he is glossing is a much wider one, comprising the whole of the mystical life and ending only with the Divine embraces of the soul transformed in God through love.

The Active Night has left the senses and faculties well prepared, though not completely prepared, for the reception of Divine influences and illuminations in greater abundance than before. The Saint here postulates a principle of dogmatic theology—that by himself, and with the ordinary aid of grace, man cannot attain to that degree of purgation which is essential to his transformation in God. He needs Divine aid more abundantly.

‘However greatly the soul itself labours,’ writes the Saint, ‘it cannot actively purify itself so as to be in the least degree prepared for the Divine union of perfection of love, if God takes not its hand and purges it not in that dark fire.’

The Passive Nights, in which it is God Who accomplishes the purgation, are based upon this incapacity. Souls ‘begin to enter’ this dark night when God draws them forth from the state of beginners—which is the state of those that meditate on the spiritual road—and begins to set them in the state of progressives—which is that of those who are already contemplatives—to the end that, after passing through it, they may arrive at the state of the perfect, which is that of the Divine union of the soul with God.

September 28th, 2011

Ebook : Ascent of Mount Carmel

Ascent of Mount Carmel

Ascent of Mount Carmel by St. John of The Cross

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Read the above PDF which is one of the best works of  St. John of The Cross, confessor and doctor of the Church. The book is titled ‘Ascent of Mount Carmel’. This was the first of the Saint’s treatises to be written; it was begun at El Calvario, and, after various intervals, was completed at Granada.

Preface to Ascent of Mount Carmel

The treatise presents a remarkable outline of Christian perfection from the point at which the soul first seeks to rise from the earth and soar upward towards union with God. It is a work which shows every sign of careful planning and great attention to detail, as an ascetic treatise it is noteworthy for its detailed psychological analysis; as a contribution to mystical theology, for the skill with which it treats the most complicated and delicate questions concerning the Mystic Way.

Synopsis of Ascent of Mount Carmel

In order to reach the Union of Light, the soul must pass through the Dark Night — that is to say, through a series of purifications, during which it is walking, as it were, through a tunnel of impenetrable obscurity and from which it emerges to bask in the sunshine of grace and to enjoy the Divine intimacy.

Through this obscurity the thread which guides the soul is that of ’emptiness’ or ‘negation.’ Only by voiding ourselves of all that is not God can we attain to the possession of God, for two contraries cannot co-exist in one individual, and creature-love is darkness, while God is light, so that from any human heart one of the two cannot fail to drive out the other.

Now the soul, according to the Saint’s psychology, is made up of interior and exterior senses and of the faculties. All these must be free from creature impurities in order to be prepared for Divine union. The necessary self-emptying may be accomplished in two ways: by our own efforts, with the habitual aid of grace, and by the action of God exclusively, in which the individual has no part whatsoever.

Following this order, the Ascent is divided into two parts, which deal respectively with the ‘Active’ night and the ‘Passive.’ Each of these parts consists of several books. Since the soul must be purified in its entirety, the Active Night is logically divided into the Night of Sense and the Night of the Spirit; a similar division is observed in treating of the Passive Night. One book is devoted to the Active Night of Sense; two are needed for the Active Night of the Spirit. Unhappily, however, the treatise was never finished; not only was its author unable to take us out of the night into the day, as he certainly intended to do, but he has not even space to describe the Passive Night in all the fullness of its symbolism.

August 13th, 2011

Working For God by Andrew Murray

Working For God by Andrew Murray

Working For God by Andrew Murray
A sequel to Waiting on God

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The aim of good works is that God is glorified, not man, Andrew Murray tells us in the beginning of this book. Waiting on God is part of the work process. This book Working For God is a sequel to Waiting on God. Goto Waiting on God PDF.

Offering oneself as an instrument through whom God can work is the chief objective of life, Murray writes. Work is the “highest form of existence” he adds, noting that we are defined by our work. We are what we do in a sense. In maintaining a Christian perspective, he places work in the context of love, noting that “The most Godlike thing is love.”

Fruitfulness is an outcome of work. Fruit is produced spontaneously. It isn’t forced. Murray presages Rick Warren in discussing how fulfilling one’s God-given role with talent and ability leads to a sense of satisfaction. He goes so far as to say “The works of a man not only reveal his life, they develop and exercise, they strengthen and perfect it. Good works are of the very essence of the Divine life in us.”

Murray sounds a theme found in Robert A. Schuller’s work when he talks about Divine work requiring Divine intervention. Dr. Schuller similarly talks about a God sized dream, one that cannot occur unless God is involved. Faith is a necessary part of such a dream becoming a reality. In the conclusion he returns to the opening comments about waiting on God. If one is to achieve what God designed him to achieve, it will have to be done God’s way. That can only come about as one waits on God.

Introduction

The object of this little book is first of all to remind all Christian workers of the greatness and the glory of the work in which God gives a share. It is nothing less than that work of bringing men back to their God, at which God finds His highest glory and blessedness. As we see that it is God’s own work we have to work out, that He works it through us, that in our doing it His glory rests on us and we glorify Him, we shall count it our joy to give ourselves to live only and wholly for it.

The aim of the book at the same time is to help those who complain, and perhaps do not even know to complain, that they are apparently labouring in vain, to find out what may be the cause of so much failure. God’s work must be done in God’s way, and in God’s power. It is spiritual work, to be done by spiritual men, in the power of the Spirit. The clearer our insight into, and the more complete our submission to, God’s laws of work, the surer and the richer will be our joy and our reward in it.

Contents

1. Waiting and Working — Isa. 40:31, 64:4
2. Good Works the Light of the World — Matt. 5:14, 16
3. Son, go Work — Matt. 21:28
4. To Each one his Work — Mark 8:34
5. To Each one according to his Ability — Matt. 25:14
6. Life and Work — John 5:34, 9:4, 17:4
7. The Father abiding in Me doeth the Work — John 5:17-20, 14:10
8. Greater Works — John 14:12-14
9. Created in Christ Jesus for Good Works — Eph. 2:10
10. Work, for it is God which worketh in you — Phil. 2:12, 13
11. Faith working by Love — Gal. 5:6, 13
12. Bearing Fruit in every Good Work — Col. 1:10
13. Always abounding in the Work of the Lord — I Cor. 15:58
14. Abounding Grace for abounding Work.—2 Cor. 9:8
15. The Work of Ministering — Eph. 4:11, 12
16. According to the Working of each several Part — Eph. 4:15, 16
17. Women adorned with Good Works — 1 Tim. 2:10. 5:9, 10
18. Rich in Good Works — 1 Tim. 6:18
19. Prepared unto every Good Work — 2 Tim. 2:21
20. Furnished completely unto every Good Work — 2 Tim. 3:16, 17, 2:15
21. Zealous of Good Works — Tit. 2:14
22. Ready to every Good Work — Tit. 3:1
23. Careful to maintain Good Works. Tit. 3:14
24. As His Fellow-Workers — 1 Cor. 3:9 2 Cor. 6:1
25. According to the Working of His Power — Col. 1:29 Eph. 3:7
26. Labouring more abundantly — 1 Cor. 15:10 2 Cor. 12:9, 11
27. A Doer that worketh shall be blessed in Doing — Jas. 1:22, 25
28. The Work of Soul-Saving — Jas. 5:19
29. Praying and Working — 1 John 5:16
30. I know thy Works — Rev. 2, 3
31. That God may be Glorified — 1 Pet. 4:11

Along with this I have had in view the great number of Christians who practically take no real part in the service of their Lord. They have never understood that the chief characteristic of the Divine life in God and Christ is love and its work of blessing men. The Divine life in us can show itself in no other way. I have tried to show that it is God’s will that every believer without exception, whatever be his position in life, gives himself wholly to live and work for God. – Andrew Murray

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