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    Ascent of Mt. Carmel Reflections

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    The Ascent of Mount Carmel:

    Author: Marc Foley, OCD

    Saint John of the Cross is one of Christianity’s greatest poets and mystics. Nevertheless, his subject matter and writing style, coupled with his use of Scholastic terminology, can make his prose difficult to understand and intimidating. 

    Readers of The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Reflections will thank Father Marc Foley for making John’s thought accessible and refreshingly contemporary. The author shares with contemporary spiritual seekers his seasoned wisdom, gleaned from years of reading and teaching John of the Cross. He deftly weaves together insights from psychology, theology, and literature to make The Ascent of Mount Carmel both understandable and relevant to daily life.

    ISBN 978-1-939272-11-9
    ICS Code: AR
    254 pages, paper,
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    About the Author 

    Fr Marc FoleyMarc Foley, OCD, is a Discalced Carmelite priest and the prior of the Carmelite Monastery in Washington, D.C. He has taught courses on St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux at Washington Theological Union on both the graduate and doctoral levels. He is an active member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies, currently serving as its chairman. Father Marc is also a spiritual director and retreat master. He is the author of eight books.

    What they’re saying about this book….

     “Marc Foley’s splendid grasp of human nature—enhanced by his training in psychology as well as his keen and extensive reading of literature—makes him a very able guide to  John of the Cross’s contemplative wisdom.”

    – Dr. Keith J. Egan, T.O.Carm.
    Adjunct professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
    Aquinas chair in Catholic Theology Emeritus,
    Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana

    “Father Marc Foley may think he has written a book of “reflections” (his word) based on the commentary by St. John of the Cross  called The Ascent of Mount Carmel. But as I read it I thought over and over, “This is a Master Class on the spiritual life!” This book is that good.
       This is not... devotional or feel-good spirituality. This  is heavy-duty, life-reworking spirituality… really deep stuff intended for those who desire to advance really far on the spiritual path.     
        …. I have never read anything that made St. John of the Cross come so alive.”

       - Gregory Houck, O.Carm.
      (writing in Carmelite Review)

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