JOHN OF THE CROSS
The Ascent of Mount Carmel:
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 10: 1-939272-11-4
ICS Code: AR
254 pages, paper, $16.95
available as an eBook; see information below
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….
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
– Dr. Keith J.
Adjunct professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
Aquinas chair in Catholic Theology Emeritus,
Saint Mary’s College, South Bend, Indiana
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
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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