John S. Dunne (1930-2013) was the John A. O'Brien Professor of Theology at Notre Dame and the author of 23 books including Eternal Consciousness, recipient of the 2013 First Place Catholic Press Association Book Award for Spirituality. Dark Light of Love was his last book; he died on November 11, 2013.
"Our life is a journey in time, and God is our companion," Dunne writes in this elegant meditation on darkness, light, love, and the cloud of unknowing which is always with us. With creative strokes, the author leads us through the labyrinth of emergence, separation, and reunion. The text is peppered with quotations by many of his favorite spiritual teachers including J. R. R. Tolkien, St. Augustine, St. John of the Cross, Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, E. M. Forster, T. S. Eliot, Dag Hammarskjold, and others.
For Dunne letting go and letting God are the primary rhythms in the unfolding of faith. Learning to love with all our heart is a long and arduous process balanced by the patience and grace of God. Day by day we seek to kindle kindness and gratitude for all the blessings of life. We respect the darkness and know that it is part of the mystery which moves and transforms us.