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Silent Music: The Life, Work, and Thought of St. John of the Cross [Paperback]

By R. A. Herrera (Author)
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Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 22, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802824951  
EAN  9780802824950  


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St. John of the Cross has long inspired Christians seeking a deeper knowledge of God. This sixteenth-century Spanish mystic left a record of personal faith as profound as any ever recorded. In Silent Music R. A. Herrera looks anew at the life and writings of St. John of the Cross and explores his continuing relevance to contemporary spirituality. Beginning with an erudite historical essay on the phenomenon of mysticism, Silent Music chronicles St. John's life story - from his humble birth in 1542, through his career as a professional religious, to his death in 1591 - placing the man and his spirituality squarely in their historical-cultural context. Herrera probes the saint's rigorous life of contemplation and his classic writings on such subjects as union with God and the "dark night of the soul," clarifying St. John's understanding of the mystical experience and paying particular attention to the notion of detachment and the recurring motifs of darkness, flame, and ascent in St. John's writings. His careful analysis of St. John's thought is enriched with examples from philosophy, psychology, literature, spirituality, and art - material not usually found in such a study. Appending his own original translations of select excerpts from St. John's poetry, Herrera here paints a richly detailed, multifaceted portrait of one of Christendom's most complex figures. His book will interest readers encountering St. John for the first time as well as those seriously engaged in the study of Roman Catholicism, Spanish history, Christian spirituality, and mysticism.

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St. John of the Cross has long inspired Christians seeking a deeper knowledge of God. This sixteenth-century Spanish mystic left a record of personal faith as profound as any ever recorded. In Silent Music R. A. Herrera looks anew at the life and writings of St. John of the Cross and explores his continuing relevance to contemporary spirituality. Beginning with an erudite historical essay on the phenomenon of mysticism, Silent Music chronicles St. John's life story - from his humble birth in 1542, through his career as a professional religious, to his death in 1591 - placing the man and his spirituality squarely in their historical-cultural context. Herrera probes the saint's rigorous life of contemplation and his classic writings on such subjects as union with God and the "dark night of the soul," clarifying St. John's understanding of the mystical experience and paying particular attention to the notion of detachment and the recurring motifs of darkness, flame, and ascent in St. John's writings. His careful analysis of St. John's thought is enriched with examples from philosophy, psychology, literature, spirituality, and art - material not usually found in such a study. Appending his own original translations of select excerpts from St. John's poetry, Herrera here paints a richly detailed, multifaceted portrait of one of Christendom's most complex figures. His book will interest readers encountering St. John for the first time as well as those seriously engaged in the study of Roman Catholicism, Spanish history, Christian spirituality, and mysticism.

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Very disappointing  Apr 18, 2005
There are a number of very good books on Saint John of the Cross, including Fire Within by Thomas Dubay. The work under consideration is not well written and presents comparisons of the Saint to philosophers totally outside the historical and philosophical framework of his teaching. Toward the end of the book, the author actually begins to take a negative attitude toward his subject on both the style of his writing and what he mis-perceives as antiquated ideas. Avoid this book and go for more revealing and well developed works such as the Dubay book previously mentioned.
 
Excellent Introduction toOne of the Great Mystics  Apr 19, 2004
St. John of the Cross, along with his mentor, St. Teresa of Avila, is regarded by many as the greatest mystic produced by the Catholic Church. His writings are timeless, touching the same strings of the 20th century soul as they did the 16th or 19th century soul. However, unlike St. Teresa, who seems to be in the throes of a serious revival, little is known of this fascinating thinker beyond his published writings. Robert Herrera performs a worthy service for all those interested in the Spanish mystic. Herrera provides the reader with a solid look into his life and times, finishing up with an analysis of his writings. For those who have not yet gotten around to reading St. John, this is a useful introduction. For those familiar with the Saint's writings, this slim volume is a valuable companion.
 

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