“Dark night” as a way of cross wisdom Cover Image

„Noc ciemna” drogą mądrości krzyża
“Dark night” as a way of cross wisdom

Author(s): Paweł Warchoł
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion, Systematic Theology
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Papieskiego Jana Pawła II w Krakowie
Keywords: dark night; suffering; cross; mystic; union with God

Summary/Abstract: For a Christian, the “dark night of the soul” means the acceptance of suffering and the cross which leads to a greater union with God. To reach this goal, one must control their senses, overcome their passions and egotistical tendencies. Thanks to this effort and above else to the work of God’s grace, the disciple of Jesus partakes in the life of the Holy Trinity in a union of mutual self giving. This is how St. John of the Cross understood it. The wisdom of the Cross marks the beginning, way and goal of the soul. He was the spiritual mentor and guide to both St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross and St. John Paul II.

  • Issue Year: 20/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 161-180
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Polish