Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism

Enhanced by notes by a noted theological scholar, a selected bibliography, and biographical sketches, a definitive compilation of writings by some of history's leading Christian mystics features nearly one hundred selections representing more than sixty writers ranging from the third-century Origen of Alexandria to the twentieth century's Thomas Merton. Les mer
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Enhanced by notes by a noted theological scholar, a selected bibliography, and biographical sketches, a definitive compilation of writings by some of history's leading Christian mystics features nearly one hundred selections representing more than sixty writers ranging from the third-century Origen of Alexandria to the twentieth century's Thomas Merton. Original. 10,000 first printing.

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Prefacexi
Introductionxiii




Bernard McGinn





PART ONE FOUNDATIONS OF MYSTICAL PRACTICE





Biblical Interpretation





Introduction

3(3)




Origen, Commentary on the Song of Songs

6(7)




Gregory of Nyssa, The Life of Moses

13(8)




Augustine of Hippo, Sermon on Psalm 41 (Vulgate)

21(6)




Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on the Song of Songs 23

27(8)




Meister Eckhart, Sermon 2

35(6)




Madame Guyon, Commentary on the Song of Songs

41(6)




Asceticism and Purgation





Introduction

47(2)




Athanasius of Alexandria, The Life of St. Antony

49(6)




Evagrius Ponticus, Praktikos

55(5)




James of Vitry, The Life of Mary of Oignies

60(6)




Catherine of Genoa, Purgation and Purgatory

66(6)




John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mount Carmel

72(7)




Prayer, Liturgy, and Sacraments





Introduction

79(2)




Origen, Prayer

81(5)




Ephrem the Syrian, Armenian Hymn No. 1

86(3)




John Cassian, Conferences 9 and 10

89(8)




Symeon the New Theologian, The Third Ethical Discourse

97(5)




Hadewijch of Antwerp, Vision VII

102(3)




John Tauler, Sermon 39

105(5)




Teresa of Avila, On the Four Stages of Prayer

110(8)




The Way of the Pilgrim

118(5)




Inner and Outer Practices





Introduction

123(2)




The Philokalia, ``Discourse on Abba Philimon''

125(6)




Guigo I, Carthusian Customs

131(4)




Aelred of Rievaulx, Spiritual Friendship

135(5)




Letters of Spiritual Direction

140(4)




Miguel De Molinos, The Spiritual Guide

144(5)




Mystical Itineraries





Introduction

149(1)




The Threefold Way

150(5)




Richard of St. Victor, The Four Degrees of Violent Charity

155(7)




Bonaventure, The Mind's Journey into God

162(10)




Marguerite Porete, The Mirror of Simple Annihilated Souls

172(8)




John Tauler, Sermon 39

180(4)




Walter Hilton, The Ladder of Perfection

184(7)




PART TWO ASPECTS OF MYSTICAL CONSCIOUSNESS





Living the Trinity





Introduction

191(2)




Augustine, On the Trinity

193(4)




William of Saint-Thierry, The Mirror of Faith

197(5)




Mechthild of Magdeburg, The Flowing Light of the Godhead

202(6)




Gregory Palamas, The One Hundred and Fifty Chapters

208(5)




John of the Cross, The Living Flame of Love

213(8)




Encountering Christ





Introduction

221(1)




Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on the Song of Songs 74

222(3)




Francis of Assisi and the Stigmata

225(6)




Henry Suso, The Clock of Wisdom

231(7)




Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

238(8)




Simone Weil, Encounters with Christ

246(5)




Love and Knowledge





Introduction

251(2)




William of Saint-Thierry, The Golden Letter

253(3)




Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on the Song of Songs 83

256(6)




The Cloud of Unknowing

262(7)




Nicholas of Cusa, Two Letters on Mystical Theology

269(7)




Johann Arndt, The Christianity

276(5)




Positive and Negative Ways to God





Introduction

281(2)




Dionysius, The Mystical Theology

283(7)




Francis of Assisi, Two Songs of Praise

290(3)




The Granum Sinapis: Poem and Commentary

293(5)




English Poets on God in Nature

298(5)




Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hymn of the Universe

303(6)




Vision, Contemplation, and Rapture





Introduction

309(2)




Contemplation in the Fathers

311(5)




Augustine on Vision and Rapture

316(8)




Gregory the Great, Dialogues 2.35

324(3)




Symeon the New Theologian, Hymn 18

327(4)




Hildegard of Bingen as Visionary and Theorist of Visions

331(5)




Hugh of St. Victor, Contemplation and Its Forms

336(5)




Richard Rolle, The Fire of Love

341(6)




Nicholas of Cusan, On the Vision of God

347(6)




Ignatius of Loyola, Autobiography

353(4)




Teressa of Avila, Life

357(3)




George Fox, Excerpts from The Journal

360(5)




Distress and Dereliction





Introduction

365(2)




Gregory the Great, Moral Interpretation of Job

367(7)




Angela of Foligno, The Memorial

374(5)




John Tauler, Sermon 3

379(5)




John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul

384(5)




Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul

389(6)




Deification and Birthing





Introduction

395(2)




Deification Among the Fathers

397(5)




Birthing in Patristic and Medieval Texts

402(6)




Maximus the Confessor, Questions to Thalassius

408(4)




Meister Eckhart, Sermon 101

412(9)




Theologia Deutsch

421(6)




Union with God





Introduction

427(3)




Macarius, Homily 10

430(4)




Bernard of Clairvaux, On Loving God

434(4)




Meister Eckhart, Sermon 52

438(6)




John Ruusbroec, The Little Book of Enlightenment

444(7)




Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle 7.1--2

451(9)




John of the Cross, the Spiritual Canticle

460(5)




Francis de Sales, The Treatise on the Love of God

465(7)




Marie of the Incarnation, The Relation of 1654

472(9)




PART THREE IMPLICATIONS OF THE MYSTICAL LIFE





Mysticism and Heresy





Introduction

481(2)




Mystical Heresy in Early Christianity

483(6)




The Heresy of the Free Spirit

489(6)




Meister Eckhart's Condemnation

495(6)




The Condemnations of Quietism

501(8)




Francois Fenelon, Explication of the Maxims of the Saints Regarding the Interior Life

509(10)




Contemplation and Action





Introduction

519(2)




Gregory the Great, Pastoral Care 2.5

521(4)




Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermons on the Song of Songs 50

525(4)




Meister Eckhart, Selections from Sermon 86

529(6)




The Cloud of Unknowing

535(5)




Catherine of Siena, The Dialogue

540(5)




Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

545(8)
A Brief Critical Bibliography on Christian Mysticism553