BK1 Chap 1-4 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross
translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal
The nature of the obscure night, the necessity of passing through it in order to attain to the divine union: and especially the obscure night of sense and desire, with the evils which these inflict on the soul.
In an obscure night,
With anxious love inflamed,
0, happy lot!
Forth unobserved I went,
My house being now at rest.
There are two kinds of this night, corresponding with the division of the soul into higher and lower.
The nature and cause of the obscure night.
The first cause, the privation of the desire in all things and gives the reason for which is called night.
The necessity of passing truly through the obscure night of sense, which is mortification of the desire in order that it may journey to union with God.