Here St. John of the Cross introduces his motivation for undertaking this study. He addresses various situations where such a study could be helpful. He also speaks of his submission to the Church and his intended audience for this text.
I am a practicing Catholic who works for the Church in Diocesan Ministry in Southern Louisiana. I have an MTS in Theology from St. Meinrad as well as graduate study in Philosophy and Religious Studies. I am a convert to the Catholic faith from atheism.