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Overview

'The Life of the Servant' is one of the world's greatest religious biographies. It is the work of a saint - one of that remarkable trio of 14th century German mystics, of whom the others were Eckhardt and Tauler - who was also a poet. The book was never intended for publication, and owes its preservation to an accident. What Suso confided to his 'spiritual daughter' was meant for her ears alone. In order to console a highly gifted woman in the acute sufferings that preceded her death he unfolded his own hidden life. The value of the book lies in its remarkable simplicity coupled with its unsurpassed poetic beauty.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780227678626
  • Publisher: Lutterworth Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Classics of Mysticism Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 150
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Clark is formerly Professor of German in the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Preface

Part One
Prologue
Of the Divine Impression
I. Of the First Trials of a Beginner
II. Of the Supernatural Ecstasy which befell Him
III. How He married Eternal Wisdom in a Spiritual Manner
IV. How He wrote the Beloved Name of Jesus on His Heart
V. Of the Prelude of Divine Consolation by which God encourages many Beginners
VI. Of Various Visions
VII. The Rules He observed at Table
VIII. How He celebrated New Year
IX. Of the Words 'Lift up Your Hearts'
X. How He celebrated Candlemas
XI. How He observed Lent
XII. How He celebrated May Day
XIII. Of the Sorrowful Way of the Cross, which He walked with Christ when He was led to His Death
XIV. Of the Useful Virtue that is known as Silence
XV. Of the Mortification of the Flesh
XVI. Of the Sharp Cross that He carried on His Back
XVII. Of His Bed
XVIII. How He broke off the Habit of Drinking
XIX. How He was led to the Spiritual School and instructed in the Knowledge of the true Self-Surrender
XX. Of the Painful Descent
XXI. Of Inner Sufferings
XXII. How He set out to bring Wholesome Help to His Neighbours
XXIII. Of Manifold Sufferings
XXIV. Of the Great Sorrow that came to Him through His Own Sister
XXV. Of the Deep Sorrow that once came upon Him through One of His Companions
XXVI. Of the Murderer
XXVII. In Perils of Waters
XXVIII. Of a Short Respite that God once vouchsafed to Him
XXIX. Of a Loving Account that He once Settled with God
XXX. How He once came Near to Death in His Sufferings
XXXI. How a Man should offer up His Sufferings in a Praiseworthy Manner to God
XXXII. How God in This World compensates a Suffering Man for His Suffering

Part Two
XXXIII. Of the Servant's Spiritual Daughter
XXXIV. Of the First Steps of a Beginner
XXXV. Of the First Examples and Teachings for a Beginner, and the Need for Moderation in Austerities
XXXVI. Of the Childlike Devotion of a Beginner in Religion
XXXVII. How He drew Dissolute Persons to God, and comforted the Suffering
XXXVIII. Of a Sore Affliction that befell Him about this Time
XXXIX. Of Inner Suffering
XL. What Sufferings are the Most Useful to Man and the Most Praiseworthy to God
XLI. How He drew some Loving Hearts from Earthly Love to Divine Love
XLII. Of Certain Suffering Persons who were attached to the Servant with Particular Affection
XLIII. How Christ appeared to Him in the Shape of a Seraph, and taught Him how to Suffer
XLIV. How Firmly he must contend Who would win the Spiritual Prize
XLV. Of the Beloved Name of Jesus
Epilogue

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