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
MURRAY BODO, O.F.M., is a Franciscan priest and member of the Franciscan Academy. The award-winning author of numerous books, including Landscape of Prayer and the best-selling Francis: The Journey and the Dream, and three books of poetry, Sing Pilgrimage and Exile, Icarus in Assisi and The Earth Moves at Midnight, 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.
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