By Ursula King

Ursula King’s Christian Mystics tells the tale of sixty women and men whose mystical devotion to God remodeled the days during which they lived and nonetheless impacts our present-day look for religious which means. relocating from key figures of the early Christian age to the nice mystics of contemporary instances, particular emphasis is given to the nice excessive issues of mysticism within the medieval, early smooth and japanese Orthodox traditions. The lives of visionaries, together with Clement of Alexandria, Saint Bonaventure, Blaise Pascal and Simone Weil are studied intimately. It finds the richly different expressions that mystical event has chanced on in the course of thousand years of Christian historical past and exhibits the way it underpins Christian ritual and doctrine as a resource of non secular concept for all believers. superbly illustrated and written by means of a renowned identify within the British educational international, this crucial textual content has got excessive acclaim and is the one booklet to add biographies of key mystics.

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Times for Praising God (4Q409)
Grace after nutrition (4Q434a)
A Lamentation (4Q501)
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The phrases of the Luminaries (4Q504, 4Q506)
Purification Liturgies (4Q512, 4Q414)

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How did they seek and describe God, yearn for, desire and love the Divine, reach ecstatic union and communion? Medieval mystics 31 The medieval mystic voices are so numerous that it would be impossible to listen to them all. By following the stories of some of the most significant ones, we can discover the patterns of their lives, the intensity of their devotion, and the adventures of their encounters with God. They form a story of many parts that begins in the late eleventh century and stretches through to the late fifteenth century.

Although he left few writings, his sense of God’s all-pervading presence, his intensive love for all God’s creatures, great and small, human and animal, gave the Church an important spiritual legacy that has attracted fresh attention again and again, not least in the new movement of creation spirituality in our own time. Whereas earlier medieval mystics pursued their f light from the world and its burdens, their fuga mundi, by seeking the stability of monastic life, such flight into perfection was now sought in the instability of life on the road, in pilgrimages and crusades, so that St.

This experience affected him deeply, and on his return to Assisi he decided to minister to lepers and repair the ruined church of St. Damiano, which led his father to disown him. One morning in church, Francis heard the words of the Gospel in which Jesus asks his disciples to leave everything in order to follow him. Francis understood this as a personal call, discarded his belongings, put on a long, dark garment girded with a cord and set out to save souls. Before long he gathered a band of like-minded followers devoted to a life of poverty, compassionate service and preaching of the Gospel.

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