Seeking the Beloved: A Prayer Journey with St. John of the Cross
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Prayer is not just time set aside for God or the use of certain techniques-it is primarily an intimate relationship with God the Beloved. If we hunger for a prayer that is deeper than words and that we can bring to every part of our lives, no matter what we are doing, then we can turn to St. John of the Cross as our guide. Retreat master and author Wayne Simsic insists that while it's easy to write off this saint as an otherworldly ascetic and mystic, he was actually a down-to-earth and wise administrator, poet, and artist whose writings have great relevance for us today.
In this book, Simsic helps readers discover the gift of contemplative prayer as unfolded by this Carmelite saint, whose longing for a deep intimacy and union with God can become our longing as well.
• Each chapter ends with helpful suggestions for reflection and prayer.
• Encourages us not only to walk in the "dark night" but to trust it as a time of fertile spiritual growth.
"Wayne Simsic reminds us that for St. John of the Cross, prayer is not primarily about saying prayers or practicing certain techniques, but about growing in a loving relationship and communion with the God who first loved us. Succinct, accessible, practical, and inspiring, Seeking the Beloved is a wonderful resource especially for readers who have previously avoided John of the Cross out of fear that his message is too harsh or lofty."
—Steven Payne, OCD,
author, The Carmelite Tradition
"By his excellent presentation of the material, Wayne Simsic will prove to be a great help to people who want to follow John of the Cross's teaching but find him difficult to read and understand."
—Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD,
Institute of Carmelite Studies and translator of the works of St. John of the Cross
"This small jewel of a book offers flashes of insight on the contemplative spirit, the practice of detachment, inner freedom, charity, and the mysticism of everyday life. A gifted writer, Wayne Simsic helps us realize and celebrate our love union with God-the heart of Christian spirituality."
—Joseph F. Schmidt, FSC,
author, Everything Is Grace: The Life and Spirituality of Thérèse of Lisieux
"Wayne Simsic has provided a clear and understandable road map as you travel on your spiritual journey with St. John of the Cross. I recommend this book to Christians of all ages. You will not be disappointed!"
—Mary Lavin, OCD,
Carmel of the Holy Family, Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Read a chapter from this book.