BK1 Chap 9 -10 – “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.
Wherein is described how the desires defile the soul. This is proved by comparisons and quotations from Holy Scripture.
Wherein is described how the desires weaken the soul in virtue and make it lukewarm.