The Ecstasies of St. Francis: The Way of Lady Poverty

Overview In this fascinating account of St. Francis’ inner life, Haule, a Jungian analyst and student of Hindu Tantra, shows that, like tantrikas, Francis relentlessly pursued the most disturbing experiences in life to achieve higher states of consciousness—ecstasies in which he stood outside his ordinary self while contemplating and living a higher reality. Francis embraced poverty and sorrows, cared for lepers and outcasts, begged for his bread. Fascinated early on by romantic and troubadour literature, Francis took “Lady Poverty” as his guide in love, w See more details below
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In this fascinating account of St. Francis’ inner life, Haule, a Jungian analyst and student of Hindu Tantra, shows that, like tantrikas, Francis relentlessly pursued the most disturbing experiences in life to achieve higher states of consciousness—ecstasies in which he stood outside his ordinary self while contemplating and living a higher reality. Francis embraced poverty and sorrows, cared for lepers and outcasts, begged for his bread.

Fascinated early on by romantic and troubadour literature, Francis took “Lady Poverty” as his guide in love, walking her path to change the world.  She demanded that he change his whole nature, and he became the beloved saint known today. Haule tells the story of Francis’ life from this point of view and looks at the path of Lady Poverty, trying to understand what Francis meant by “perfect joy.” He also compares Francis’ relationship with Lady Poverty to that with Clare, who began the Franciscan sisterhood, revealing the erotic element of his practice. The author goes on to examine Francis’ daily practice of prayer and meditation, the states of consciousness he achieved, and how these bore fruit in his daily life.  Finally, we come to the last crisis of Francis’ life—the final embrace of God and the world—marked by the vision of the Seraph and the appearance of the stigmata.

This is an important book for a deeper understanding of St. Francis and his spiritual life.

 

About the Author:

John R. Haule is a Jungian analyst. He is the author of Divine Madness (Shambhala, 1990), The Love Cure (Spring, 1996) and Perils of the Soul (Weiser, 1999).

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Francis of Assisi, the most written-about saint in Western Christianity, is the subject of two more books. Haule (Divine Madness) is a Jungian analyst interested in the mechanics and dynamics of the saint's spiritual life, while Cunningham is a theologian and longtime Francis scholar who situates the saint's life and work within the larger life of the Western Christian church. Both authors agree that Francis's experience and understanding of poverty are central to his originality. Haule presents poverty for Francis as the transcendent, personified Lady, the object of the troubadour's desire. Repeating a 19th-century argument exemplified by Paul Sabatier's still-circulating 1894 biography, Haule portrays Francis as a self-actualized individual whose hardscrabble poverty placed him in conflict with cold-eyed practitioners of theology and law. This study focuses on the inner life of the saint and his ecstatic experiences. Taking a more traditional biographical approach, Cunningham proposes poverty as a way in which Francis, the biblical literalist, could imitate the humble God disclosed in Jesus. Cunningham defends the more recent argument that Francis was, in fact, an orthodox Catholic who tried to be a Catholic reformer, preaching and living the ideals of the reform Councils of the Lateran. Another recent biography of Francis is Donald Spoto's Reluctant Saint; this reviewer's favorite is the little work by G.K. Chesterton, St. Francis of Assisi. Both these new books are suitable for larger public libraries where interest in Catholic saints is strong. Cunningham's book, with its more scholarly approach, is also recommended for academic and seminary libraries.-David I. Fulton, Coll. of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584200109
  • Publisher: SteinerBooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2003
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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