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A Course in Christian Mysticism

by Thomas Merton OCSO (Author), Jon M. Sweeney (Editor/Compiler), Michael N. McGregor (Foreword)

Thomas Merton’s lectures to the novices at the Abbey of Gethsemani provide a good look at Merton the scholar. A Course in Christian Mysticism gathers together, for the first time, the best of these talks into a spiritual, historical, and theological survey of Christian mysticism—from St. John’s gospel to St. John of the Cross. Sixteen centuries are covered over...

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Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restless Soul

by Jon M. Sweeney, Mark S. Burrows

Meister Eckhart (1260–1328) was a priest, a mystic, and nearly a heretic (he died before the Church court’s verdict). In the 20th century, the Roman Catholic Church rehabilitated him and the late Pope John Paul II spoke of his work with fondness...

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Praying with Our Hands: 21 Practices of Embodied Prayer from the World’s Spiritual Traditions

by Jon M. Sweeney, Jennifer J. Wilson (Photographer), Mother Tessa Bielecki (Foreword by), Taitetsu Unno, Ph.D. (Afterword)

The power of words is nowhere more evident than when we use them to pray, but prayer is also the place where we most often come up against the limitations of words. In this intriguing book of reflections and accompanying photographs, we see how our bodies, in particular our hands, can give meaning to our prayers in a way that words alone cannot...

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