Writing the Icon of the Heart

Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding By Maggie Ross Abingdon, UK: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2011Almost twenty years ago I read Maggie Ross's wonderful book on the theology of priesthood, Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity. Not only was it a valuable book in helping me to affirm my ministry as a lay Christian, but it also struck me as one of the most lyrical and eloquent statements of Christian spirituality in general that I had ever read. Yes, that is … [Read more...]

Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition

Soundings in the Christian Mystical TraditionBy Harvey D. EganCollegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010Harvey Egan is one of the big names in the academic study of Christian mysticism; he is the editor of one of the best anthologies of Christian mystical writings, and has penned insightful studies into the work of Jesuit mystics like Ignatius of Loyola and Karl Rahner. But this most recent offering of his may be one of the most useful books for anyone wishing to learn more about the great … [Read more...]

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To many early Church Fathers, "mystical" signified the allegorical interpretation of scripture, especially the disclosing of Christ as the key to unlocking the secrets of the Old Testament. Scripture, Christologically interpreted, was the ground of all Christian thought, including mysticism, especially in the first centuries. Jesus was sometimes called the "mystical angel" whose entire life, death, resurrection, and glorification were understood as the truly mystical. Eventually, Christians used … [Read more...]

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The great mystics are the paradigms and the amplifiers of a life of deep faith, hope, and love. They help us to hear the interior whispers and to see the faint flickers of truth and love in ourselves and others. By looking at their lives, we can frequently discover the obstacle in us to fully authentic human life. Looking into the lives of the great mystics will help to locate the compass of our hearts, to see what authentic human living is, and what our final purification, illumination, and … [Read more...]

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The great mystics are the paradigms and the amplifiers of a life of deep faith, hope, and love. They help us to hear the interior whispers and to see the faint flickers of truth and love in ourselves and others. By looking at their lives, we can frequently discover the obstacle in us to fully authentic human life. Looking into the lives of the great mystics will help to locate the compass of our hearts, to see what authentic human living is, and what our final purification, illumination, and … [Read more...]

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The genuine mystic is purified and illuminated by, and eventually united to, a personal God. From this loving union flows a loving knowledge, a "secret wisdom" that short-circuits the memory and stupefies the intellect because it surpasses abstract, conceptual knowledge. Although we can dispose ourselves to receive it, human effort alone cannot bring it about because it is strictly God's gift. — Harvey D. Egan, from the introduction to An Anthology of Christian Mysticism, second edition … [Read more...]


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