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Mysticism and Image in St. John of the Cross


Marie Majella Gaudreau

Both points of departure and arrival of this diligent piece of research are focused on Saint John of the Cross' basic affirmation found in his «Spiritual Canticle», stanza 39:4 wherein he explains the progressive transformation of man to the image of God through the double «modus operandi» of grace. «The soul», he says, «becomes deiform and God by participation». The reader is invited in an interesting and persevering way by the author to the «terminus ad quem» of this XVth Century, Spanish Carmelite Friar's mystical ascension. Indeed, this immense, erudite study provides excellent reading for all who value the spiritual dimension of their existence.