Three Mystics You May Have Missed

Walk into a Catholic bookstore — or a general bookstore large enough to have a "Christian mysticism" section — and you will see books by or about Thomas Merton, Julian of Norwich, John of the Cross, and Teresa of Avila, along with anonymous works like The Cloud of Unknowing or The Way of a Pilgrim.  These are the "A-List" mystics: figures who are renowned for their sanctity, their wisdom, and their contemplative teaching.Anyone who is interested in discovering the wisdom of the mystics ought … [Read more...]

With Great Reverence and Above Reason

But now see what it is to adore God: it is, in the Christian faith, with great reverence and above reason, to gaze in the spirit upon God, the Eternal Power, Creator and Lord of heaven and earth and all that in them is. — John Ruysbroeck, The Seven Steps of the Ladder of Spiritual Love The Anglican contemplative Maggie Ross is well known for her advocacy of beholding as a core element of contemplative practice, as seen in the title of her most recent book, Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Si … [Read more...]