The Dark Night of the Soul gets rolling, with a review of the first stanza of the poem. St. John of the Cross then takes a moment to discuss the difference between beginners (still working on meditation, and trying to get to the stuff in Ascent) and progressives (people who’ve already started contemplation).
He also steps back to mention those bad attitudes and habits of beginners which can prevent them from progressing. He’s going to go through all the Seven Deadly Sins, but we begin with those connected to Pride. I certainly could tell he was talking to me!