"I remained, lost in oblivion; My face I reclined on the Beloved. All ceased and I abandoned myself, Leaving my cares forgotten among the lillies." Thus writes 16th century Spanish poet and mystic, St. John of the Cross. In this, his third work, the author reflects on the nature of a personal union with Christ, found in the abandonment of self.
- False spirituality
I called it quits in track 69 out of 92, when he promoted the use of images to help you know God.
I read this because "Dark Night of the Soul" is recommended by Renovare, and when I went to read that, it said that one should read this book first.
The book promotes asceticism, making oneself suffer for no purpose, denying oneself pleasures that God allows, and refusing gifts that God gives us.
- Excellent book about Mystical Theology
The Ascent is the first of two books written by St John of the Cross regarding Mystical Theology (the other being The Dark Night which is the continuation of The Ascent. The Dark Night presents a more advanced journey ). St John presents a comprehensive explanation as to how to develop an intimate relationship with God by pushing aside that which hinders spiritual growth.
1- establish a habitual desire to imitate Christ in your daily life,
2-limit your sensory satisfaction to that which brings glory to God.
St John presents detailed information regarding this journey. The book is well written and the reader who presents the audio does a high quality job. Highly recommended audiobook.