Dark Night of the Soul Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What is the purpose of the <i>Dark Night of the Soul</i> as described in the prologue?

The purpose of the book is to explain the process of entering of a soul into a union with the love of God.

2. How does the author describe the condition of beginners on their journey of faith?

New beginners in faith are like babies. They need to be cared for by their mother, which is God. God feeds his children with spiritual milk.

3. What are the symptoms of the sin of pride, according to St. John?

Believers who have the sin of pride scorn others and do not learn about the things of God. Religious rituals are used against the prideful by the devil. Prideful people seek out only spiritual leaders who agree with their point of view. Prideful people are impatient with themselves and God.

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