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St. John of the Cross

 

St. John of the Cross

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Freedom to Love:
The Role of Negation in St. John of the Cross

Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

This lecture presents a theme of freedom to love, negation in the doctrine of Saint John of the Cross beginning with John’s early childhood and sets forth the constructive significance of the Carmelite Doctor’s teaching on detachment and the ‘nada’ based on the radical call to love.

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Jesus Christ in the Writings of St. John of the Cross

Regis Jordan O.C.D.

This lecture explores the ‘Christocentric’ nature of St. John of the Cross’s life, experience and writings, and brings some ideas down to a more personal level in which we are in touch with Jesus Christ. The talk may be better put as the Role of Jesus Christ in the Teaching of John of the Cross, not looking at Jesus throughout the works but what is the role of Jesus?

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St. John of the Cross for Carpenters:
Ordinary Way/Dark Night of Faith

Denis Read O.C.D.

Saint John of the Cross’s life is discussed regarding the love of the Lord, the gift of theological faith, and the centrality of Christ in his entire life and thought. Also, we learn how the purification St. John of the Cross speaks about what occurs in people’s ordinary life.

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The Dark Night of the Spirit: The Healing of the Soul

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

Dark Night of Spirit: the Healing of the Soul – this is the second critical period in Saint John of the Cross’ understanding or explanation of the spiritual journey.  The transition from the illuminative way to the unitive way or from what he calls the way of proficiency or those making progress in contemplative prayer to the way of the perfect or those whose prayer has become perfect and has bought them to the transformation of their personality in God through love.

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Spiritual Direction in the Letters of
St. John of the Cross

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

This talk describes the characteristics of a helping relationship as seen in the person-centered approach to counseling and psychotherapy in contemporary psychology, reviews the letters of Saint John of the Cross to discover these characteristics in his spiritual direction, and makes some application to today’s growing and expanding ministries.

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Mary and the Holy Spirit in St. John of the Cross

Emmanuel Sullivan O.C.D.

In the history of the church, the order of Carmel has come to be known for its dedication to a life of prayer and its dedication to Mary the Mother of Jesus. From the very earliest days of its existence in the 12th century, the hermits who gathered together on Mount Carmel became known as the Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and that little chapel became the focal point of their daily existence. This lecture gives us a timely reflection of Mary as exemplar of one moved in all things by the Spirit of God.

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St. John of the Cross on Love and Kenosis in Prayer

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

A discussion of some of the implications of Saint John of the Cross’s understanding of prayer as a process of mutual love and kenosis or self emptying between God and ourselves.

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St. John of the Cross: The Dark Nights

Regis Jordan O.C.D.

Here we receive some basic understanding of the nights of John of the Cross. Perhaps of all the things that John of the Cross is known for is his imagery of the dark nights and very often this is the very thing that puts people off about reading John of the Cross. We can achieve a better understanding of John and his great doctrine that can lead us to a greater union with God.

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The Holy Spirit:
The Bond of Friendship in John of the Cross

Kieran Kavanaugh O.C.D.

This talk explores John of the Cross’ teaching about the Holy Spirit with some thoughts from contemporary theologians and examines John’s presentation of the mystery of the Trinity as God poring over into the other. This will lead us to the mystery of being a friend of God and will set the stage for our investigation of John’s thoughts on the Holy Spirit.

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The Dark Night as Liberation of the True Self

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

This speaker helps us in looking for ways to improve how we read, and thus better understand, the poetry and the prose of John of the Cross from the perspective of the transformation of the old self into the new self as related in The Dark Night. While older translations of St. John refer to the Old Man and New Man, the new revised standard version renders the original words of Old Man as Old Self and New Man as New Self. That change to self, in large measure, has been made out of regard for contemporary gender sensitivity, but also made under the influence of modern psychology and spirituality, which speak much about the self as the agent of psychological or spiritual life.

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St. John of the Cross Through the Eyes of Edith Stein

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

Edith Stein, who searched relentlessly for truth, discovered the ultimate meaning in the cross of Christ. Through her eyes, we can get a better understanding of suffering, especially the suffering of the innocent. Through her eyes, we may discover the wisdom of the cross or as she has called the last book that she wrote, “the Science of the Cross.” This talk will look through eyes, made clear and penetrating because of her relentless commitment to search for the truth, eyes trained through phenomenology to explore from all angles the depths of human consciousness, eyes made transparent through prayer and through prayerful study of the poetry and prose of her mentor, Juan de la Cruz.

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Eros and the Song of Songs in John of the Cross

Keith Egan T.O.Carm

In The Living Flame of Love, John of the Cross speaks about a hunger for God that is so intense that it makes the soul faint. John would surely have had in mind not only Psalm 84 from which he took that phrase, but Saint Augustine’s Heart is Restless Until it Rests in You. Longings of the heart are the stuff of the human story.

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Dark Passage to Prophecy

Constance Fitzgerald O.C.D.

This lecture explores transformation in love through the consequential and highly charged current connecting contemplation to three subjects that are interrelated: silence, hope, and prophecy.

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The Mystical Life of Jesus in Teresa and John

Vilma Seelaus O.C.D.

The lecturer tells us that mysticism is the full realization of our human potential, that we are all called to be mystics to discover the sacred. Biblical anthropology images the human as formed of earth and at the same time mysteriously shaped in the likeness of God. More than this, the very breath of God animates and sustains us in life. In beautiful symbolic language, scripture tells us that God, like a birthing mother, breathes divine life into the creature formed in the divine image from earthly clay to become as it were God’s counterpart on planet earth.

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John of the Cross: A Spirituality of Wisdom

Daniel Chowning O.C.D.

The spirituality of wisdom, its evolution in scripture and the questions it raises in our search to grasp this mysterious wisdom, has captivated the human imagination since ancient times. A renowned scholar of wisdom literature wrote, “Wisdom has many faces.” This is definitely true in the writings of Saint John of the Cross, since wisdom’s presence in John’s works is extensive and profound.

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John of the Cross: Carmelite Authors 101 Series

Kevin Culligan O.C.D.

There was an intimate relationship between John’s development as a man of God and his poetry and prose that made him an author whose lyric poems are considered among the finest in all world literature and whose prose bought him to be considered one of the world’s greatest spiritual masters. He was a Carmelite author who was both patron of Spanish poets and a mystical Doctor of the Church.

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John of the Cross and The Living Flame of Love

Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

The Living Flame of Love is one of John of the Cross’ works directly written for the laity. Requested by Doña Ana de Peñalosa, the four stanza poem and its late commentary help us to understand John’s approach to the ideas of purification, union with God, mystical experiences and purifying love of Christ. This work shows us that John’s discoveries about the spiritual life are meant for each and every person, not just those in religious or priestly vocations.

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