Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the by Ursula King

Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the by Ursula King

By Ursula King

Ursula King’s Christian Mystics tells the tale of sixty women and men whose mystical devotion to God remodeled the days within which they lived and nonetheless impacts our present-day look for non secular which means. relocating from key figures of the early Christian age to the good mystics of contemporary occasions, specific emphasis is given to the good excessive issues of mysticism within the medieval, early sleek and jap Orthodox traditions. The lives of visionaries, together with Clement of Alexandria, Saint Bonaventure, Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil are studied intimately. It unearths the richly diversified expressions that mystical adventure has came across in the course of thousand years of Christian heritage and exhibits the way it underpins Christian ritual and doctrine as a resource of religious idea for all believers. fantastically illustrated and written by way of a famous identify within the British educational global, this crucial textual content has acquired excessive acclaim and is the one booklet to add biographies of key mystics.

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She then devoted herself to prayer, contemplation and strict discipline. In 1473 she underwent a deep mystical experience marked by close union with God. From now on her life was transformed. She reached great spiritual heights, but balanced ascetic discipline with an active life of service to the ill and poor. She founded the first hospital in Genoa, where she gave such self less service that her husband was eventually converted by these efforts and assisted her in her care of the sick. He later became a Franciscan Tertiary, but Catherine herself never joined any order.

These Christian Mystics 42 accounts were given a literary form, probably not by Catherine herself, and published only much later, in 1551, as Vita e dottrina. This work forms the basis for two separately published books, Dialogues on the Soul and the Body and Treatise on Purgatory. In the early twentieth century, attention was drawn to Catherine’s remarkable mystical, mental, and at times almost pathological, experiences through the classic study by Baron Friedrich von Hügel, The Mystical Element in Religion as Studied in Saint Catherine of Genoa and Her Friends (1908).

The twelfth century is remembered for the Victorines, who lived in an Augustinian Abbey near Paris and also wrote commentaries on the writings of Dionysius. While Hugh of St. Victor is largely remembered as a theologian, Richard of St. Victor was such a well-known mystic that Dante referred to him in his Paradiso (X, 132). Also very important was Franciscan mysticism. Represented above all by St. Francis of Assisi himself, it is especially expressed in the writings of the great St. Bonaventure, the “Doctor Seraphicus,” who described the soul’s mystical ascent to God.

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