When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic

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"Mystics are not part of a small elite society... Rather, they are people who have come to experience the intense, personal desire God has to share himself with us." In this lively guide, Stephen Rossetti reminds us that becoming a mystic is not a matter of learning some "mystical secret," but of entering into the divine simplicity of God's unbounded and unrestrained love. This invitation is for all of us. In a series of practical, readable chapters, Rossetti addresses the many questions and concerns that arise on the path to deeper prayer. He
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Overview

"Mystics are not part of a small elite society... Rather, they are people who have come to experience the intense, personal desire God has to share himself with us." In this lively guide, Stephen Rossetti reminds us that becoming a mystic is not a matter of learning some "mystical secret," but of entering into the divine simplicity of God's unbounded and unrestrained love. This invitation is for all of us. In a series of practical, readable chapters, Rossetti addresses the many questions and concerns that arise on the path to deeper prayer. He draws carefully from the wisdom of scripture and uses his broad knowledge of mystical writers -- from the Desert Fathers to Therese of Lisieux -- to guide us on a road we may never have expected to take. Writing from his own experience of prayer and from his expertise as a spiritual director and therapist, he helps us arrive at a deeper understanding of ourselves as wounded and sinful people who are nevertheless caught up in the transforming love of God.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877939856
  • Publisher: Ave Maria Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Pages: 162
  • Sales rank: 1,298,850
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
1. Purely a Gift 11
2. Intoxicated on God's Milk 15
3. Ever More the Beginner 20
4. Friends of God 24
5. Facing Sin Is Freedom 29
6. Judge Not 34
7. The Need to Be Guided 40
8. Living for God Alone 46
9. Thy Will Be Done 51
10. Waiting 56
11. God Is the Present 60
12. Pray Always 65
13. Praying Is Breathing 70
14. Munching on Jesus 75
15. The Scriptures Are Our Consolation 81
16. Ecstasies Are a Distraction 85
17. Flee From Locutions 89
18. Seek Mercy, Not Suffering 95
19. Knowing by Not Knowing 100
20. Safe Harbor From Evil 106
21. Our Radiantly Humble God 111
22. The Sound of God 117
23. The Noisy Distractions of Humanity 122
24. Bearer of God's Joy 129
25. Bearers of God 135
26. A Life Hidden in the Triune God 141
27. In the End Is My Beginning 147
Notes 153
Selected Bibliography 157
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