Online Course in Spiritual Theology

OCST12 Saint John of the Cross



“I believe that to understand human dignity, the possibilities of the human person, it is necessary at least once to journey through the theology of San Juan de la Cruz. Then one knows what being human really means.” Pope John Paul II, discourse at the Teresianum, 1979.

The course intends to help the student to enter into the mind and message of St John of the Cross, on his own terms, and with a view to life today.

We shall examine the life and writings of St John of the Cross, according to a series of criteria which will help us perceive the central dynamic of his message.

Initial bibliography

  • St. John of the Cross, The Collected Works of St John of the Cross, translated by K. Kavanaugh and O. Rodriguez, revised edition, Washington, DC 1991.
  • Flower, M., Centred on Love: The Poems of Saint John of the Cross, Sydney 1983.
  • Burrows, R., Ascent to Love: The Spiritual Teaching of St John of the Cross, London 1987.
  • Foley, M., The Ascent of Mount Carmel: Reflections, Washington, DC 2013.
  • Tyler, P., John of the Cross, London 2010.
  • Collings, R., John of the Cross, Collegeville, 1990.
  • Nemeck, F., Coombs, M.T., O Blessed Night, New York 1991.
  • Matthew, I., John of the Cross, Seasons of Prayer, Oxford 2014.
  • Matthew, I., “All Said in the Son: An Intertextual Study of Cántico (CB 11) and Subida (2S 22)”, Teresianum 71 (1/2020) 9-36.