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Wisdom

We should strive to preserve the precious gifts which preserve us from all evil... These gifts are the guarding of the intellect with the invocation of Jesus Christ, continuous insight into the heart's depths, stillness of mind unbroken even by thoughts which appear to be good, and the capacity to be empty of all thought.

~ Saint Hesychios

"Be still
and know
that I am God."

~ The Bible, Psalm 46:10

Books

Resources

Mystical Christianity

Julian of Norwich (c. 1342-c. 1413)

Written in the 14th century, Revelations of Divine Love is a powerful work of English mysticism. After falling ill, St. Julian received sixteen different mystical revelations; in this work, she describes and reflects upon those revelations. She focuses on the mysteries of Christianity, in particular, the vast love of God and the existence of evil. She describes the "motherhood" of God, depicting how God suffers with his creation as it experiences great and multifaceted evil. For her deep and penetrating descriptions of God and love, countless readers have found St. Julian's work uplifting, encouraging, and challenging. Revelations of Divine Love astounds readers, engulfing them in a powerful revelation of God's love. ~ extract from Publisher

Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515 – 1582)

She was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, writer of the Counter Reformation and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She wrote El Castillo Interior (The Interior Castle) or Las Moradas (The Mansions) in 1577. According to contemporary accounts, St. Teresa had a revelation from God of a crystal globe in the shape of a castle containing seven mansions. This is St. Teresa's interpretation of that vision, describing the journey of faith through seven stages, ending with union with God. ~ Sacred Text Archive

Mystical Christianity - Collections

Mysticism is a topic many people associate with eastern spiritual practices such as Zen Buddhism or yoga. But Christianity has its own mystical tradition with a long and rich history that reaches back to the New Testament. The Big Book of Christian Mysticism explores this rich tradition and shows how it can be a powerful tool for transformation and the experience of the Divine.

As an introduction to Christian mysticism and an exploration of why mysticism remains relevant in our time, the first part of the book explores the question of what mysticism is, examining its Biblical roots, its paradoxical nature, and how Christian mysticism has evolved over time. The second part of the book considers how mysticism can make a difference in the lives of ordinary Christians today, considering how spiritual practices such as lectio divina, meditation, and contemplative prayer can foster a deeper openness to Divine presence. An extensive list of the greatest Christian mystics, a recommended reading list, and a bibliography are included.
~extract from Publisher

Mystical Christianity - Contemporary - Richard Rohr

Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer

This book by the renowned Franciscan challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place that allows people to experience how “everything belongs.” ~ extract from Publisher

The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See

For Christians seeking a way of thinking outside of strict dualities, this guide explores methods for letting go of division and living in the present. Drawn from the Gospels, Jesus, Paul, and the great Christian contemplatives, this examination reveals how many of the hidden truths of Christianity have been misunderstood or lost and how to read them with the eyes of the mystics rather than interpreting them through rational thought. Filled with sayings, stories, quotations, and appeals to the heart, specific methods for identifying dualistic thinking are presented with simple practices for stripping away ego and the fear of dwelling in the present. ~ extract from Publisher

Contemplative Prayer

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