This spiritual giant of the Middle Ages is worth considering on this anniversary of his death.
Cotton Mather's Quest for Assurance
The paradoxical Puritan doctrines of an inability to convert oneself and the command to work out one’s salvation with fear and trembling placed would-be converts like Mather in quite a bind.
Surviving the Dark Night: St John of the Cross
St John of the Cross' feast day on December 14 commemorates the day of his death in 1591, at the height of the Catholic renewal movement that followed the Reformation.