|Description||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."Marc Foley's splendid grasp of human nature, enhanced by his training in psychology as well as his keen and extensive reading of literature, make him a very able guide to John of the Cross's contemplative wisdom. I always advise readers of St. John of the Cross to keep the Bible at one elbow and John's poetry at the other. Now I shall recommend that they read Father Marc Foley's reflections on The Ascent of Mount Carmel ahead of time and that they keep those reflections close by as the yread John of the Cross's Ascent."
-Dr. Keith J. Egan, T.O. Carm.
Adjunct professor of theology, University of Notre Dame
Aquinas chair in Catholic Theology Emeritus, Saint Mary's College, South Bend, Indiana