BK2 Chap 6 & 7 – “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross
translated by David Lewis
read by Ed Humpal
Wherein is treated the proximate means of ascending to union with God, which is faith; and wherein, therefore, is described the second part of this night, which, as we said, belongs to the spirit, and is contained in the second stanza, which is as follows.
In darkness, and in safety,
By the secret ladder, disguised,
happy lot !
In darkness and concealment,
fily house being now at rest.
The three Theological virtues perfect the powers of the soul, and bring them into a state of emptiness and darkness. Proofs from St. Luke and Isaiah.
The straitness of the way of life. The detachment and freedom necessary for those who walk in it. The detachment of the intellect.