We read the mystics for the same reason we read the Bible, because we find there an articulation of intimacy with God. Abraham and Moses have experiences of God; the writers of Genesis and Exodus relate the experiences. The prophets experience God; their prophecies find words to express that experience. We read the prophets to learn what God told them. But we also read, hoping, through them, to have a vicarious experience of God.From the Introduction
Christianity is a mysterious faith. Some of these mysteries can be described with Scripture or doctrine, but others can only be experienced. Those graced with these experiences, these intimate glimpses of God, are called mystics.
Father Bodo's sensitive guidance leads us into the heart of what these mystics have expressed about God and how their insight can deepen our own experience of the divine.
With guides ranging from Mary, the mother of Jesus, to Francis of Assisi, to Gerard Manley Hopkins, centuries of mystical insights invite us to experience for ourselves the boundless mystery of God.
St. Francis of Assisi
Jacopone Da Todi
Julian of Norwich
St. Catherine of Siena
St. John of the Cross
St. Terese of Lisieux
Gerard Manley Hopkins
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About the Author
MURRAY BODO, O.F.M., is a Franciscan priest and member of the Franciscan Academy. He is the award-winning author of numerous books, including the bestselling Francis: The Journey and the Dream, Francis and Jesus, three books of poetry, and most recently Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis. Bodo has had his poems, stories and articles published in magazines and literary journals in the United States and Ireland. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spends summers in Assisi as a staff member of Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs.
Table of Contents
Introduction: How the Mystics Show Us the Ways of God 1
Mary, Mother of Mystics 9
Francis of Assisi, The Practical Mystic 27
Julian of Norwich, The Goodness of God 49
Jacopone da Todi, The Madness of God 63
Catherine of Siena, The Hidden Things of God 79
John of the Cross, Prisoner of Love 95
Therese of Lisieux, The Little Way 109
Gerard Manley Hopkins, Immortal Diamond 127
Simone Weil, The Marvelous Dimension and Baptism of Desire 147
Robert Lax, A Sort of Bliss 165