Guidelines for Mystical Prayer

Guidelines for Mystical Prayer

Offers a personal narrative, a reflection on the spiritual history of two gifted people, St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross; and yet it speaks clearly out of the Carmelite tradition, and in the language of today. +

Author: Ruth Burrows

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809153580

Category: Religion

Page: 160

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When first published in 1976, and still relevant today, this critically acclaimed work of spiritual theology as reflection on spiritual experience was a growing trend; but at the same time there was a new interest in, and a return to, the classical Carmelite theology of prayer, with an effort to formulate that theology in contemporary thought categories. Guidelines for Mystical Prayer embodies both tendencies. It offers a personal narrative, a reflection on the spiritual history of two gifted people, St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross; and yet it speaks clearly out of the Carmelite tradition, and in the language of today.
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The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows Going to God with Empty Hands

The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows Going to God with Empty Hands

Reviewers praise The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows as “the most comprehensive, readable introduction to Burrows that is presently available,” …. “an important contribution to studies on spirituality and mysticism.” In this ...

Author: Michelle Jones

Publisher: ICS Publications

ISBN: 9781939272515

Category: Religion

Page: 322

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One of the most popular and revered spiritual writers of the past half-century, the British author and Carmelite nun Ruth Burrows writes not as a detached observer of either the Christian journey or the Carmelite tradition, but through the lens of her lifetime of lived experience as a contemplative Carmelite nun in the 21st century. In the words of emeritus archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, this gives Burrows’s understanding of and writings on prayer “a very rare degree of honesty and realism,” making her one of the most challenging and deep exponents in our time of the Carmelite tradition. The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows presents for the first time a thorough synthesis of her thought. It is addressed to a wide range of readers, first of all to those interested in Burrows’s spirituality, but also anyone who wants to trace the graced unfolding of the Christian spiritual life. For readers just discovering Burrows, the book is a helpful roadmap to navigate the ideas she develops through her writings. It will have special appeal to anyone interested in exploring Carmelite spirituality. In addition to systematically exploring Burrows’s thought and writings, Australian theologian and author Michelle Jones mines a rich collection of unpublished writings, including personal correspondence, and lives interviews with Ruth Burrows at her Carmelite monastery in the UK. More Information The book includes an appendix, a full bibliography of Carmelite primary sources with a listing of all the published writings of Ruth Burrows, and an extensive index. “About this book” introduces the readers to a brief biography of Burrows and the author and how the book came to be. A conclusion summarizes the book’s contents but also invites the reader to explore the possibility of what many consider the greatest need of our time: a mysticism that is not only personal, but deeply ecclesial, able to radically transform the church and the world. Reviewers praise The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows as “the most comprehensive, readable introduction to Burrows that is presently available,” …. “an important contribution to studies on spirituality and mysticism.” In this pivotal book, Australian theologian and author Michelle Jones not only presents Ruth Burrows to a wider readership but also provides an important contribution to the academy vis-à-vis the study of spirituality. Jones’s book shows why Burrows is one of the most important Carmelite authors in our time and what it means to be a Gospel mystic.
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The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows Going to God with Empty Hands

The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows  Going to God with Empty Hands

Burrows, Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, 39. Burrows, Interior Castle Explored, 64. Burrows, Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, 39–40. Burrows, Interior Castle Explored, 59. Burrows, Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, 105. Ibid.

Author: Michelle Jones

Publisher: ICS Publications

ISBN: 9781939272782

Category: Religion

Page: 320

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British author and Carmelite nun Ruth Burrows has been one of the most popular, prolific and revered spiritual writers of the past half-century. This pivotal book systematically explores Burrows’s thought and writings. In addition to first-person live interviews with Burrows, the author mines a rich collection of unpublished writings and personal correspondence. Acclaimed by reviewers as “the most comprehensive, readable introduction to Ruth Burrows presently available,” this book is also an important contribution to the field of spirituality and mysticism and will become the textbook for Burrows studies and her spirituality. Includes an appendix, fully linked index, bibliography and full listing of writings by Ruth Burrows. MORE INFORMATION One of the most popular and revered spiritual writers of the past half-century, the British author and Carmelite nun Ruth Burrows writes not as a detached observer of either the Christian journey or the Carmelite tradition, but through the lens of her lifetime of lived experience as a contemplative Carmelite nun in the 21st century. In the words of emeritus archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, this gives Burrows’s understanding of and writings on prayer “a very rare degree of honesty and realism,” making her one of the most challenging and deep exponents in our time of the Carmelite tradition. The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows presents for the first time a thorough synthesis of her thought. It is addressed to a wide range of readers, first of all to those interested in Burrows’s spirituality, but also anyone who wants to trace the graced unfolding of the Christian spiritual life. For readers just discovering Burrows, the book is a helpful roadmap to navigate the ideas she develops through her writings. It will have special appeal to anyone interested in exploring Carmelite spirituality. In addition to systematically exploring Burrows’s thought and writings, Australian theologian and author Michelle Jones mines a rich collection of unpublished writings, including personal correspondence, and live interviews with Ruth Burrows at her Carmelite monastery in the UK. The book includes an appendix, a full bibliography of Carmelite primary sources with a listing of all the published writings of Ruth Burrows, and an extensive and fully linked index. “About this book” introduces the readers to a brief biography of Burrows and the author and how the book came to be. A conclusion summarizes the book’s contents but also invites the reader to explore the possibility of what many consider the greatest need of our time: a mysticism that is not only personal, but deeply ecclesial, able to radically transform the church and the world. Reviewers praise The Gospel Mysticism of Ruth Burrows as “the most comprehensive, readable introduction to Burrows that is presently available,” …. “an important contribution to studies on spirituality and mysticism.” In this pivotal book, Australian theologian and author Michelle Jones not only presents Ruth Burrows to a wider readership but also provides an important contribution to the academy vis-à-vis the study of spirituality. Jones’s book shows why Burrows is one of the most important Carmelite authors in our time and what it means to be a Gospel mystic.
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Christian Mysticism s Queer Flame

Christian Mysticism   s Queer Flame

41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 Burrows, Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, 2–4; 48–49; 109. Underhill, Mysticism, 136. Ibid. Ibid., 140. Ibid., 140–141. Ibid., 140. Ibid., 149. Ibid., 141.

Author: Michael Bernard Kelly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351357173

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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Is the Christian mystical tradition a relic of another time, shaped by celibates for celibates, unable to engage meaningfully with people of our time who embrace their corporeality and sexuality as crucial aspects of their journey towards union with God? This book reflects in serious theological depth and detail on the spiritual and sexual journeys of gay men of mature and committed Christian faith, employing the Christian mystical tradition as the lens and the interlocutor in this process. This study examines the major themes and stages of the mystical tradition as outlined by Evelyn Underhill, but also including more recent work by Ruth Burrows, Thomas Merton and Constance Fitzgerald. Using methods of qualitative research, it then considers the texts of in-depth interviews conducted with men, most of whom are theologians or spiritual leaders with a deep Catholic faith, and all of whom are openly, self-affirmingly gay. Finally, it employs Ricoeur’s hermeneutical theory to engage in a creative theological conversation between the traditional mystical stages and themes and these men’s lives, as described in their interviews. This is a unique study that brings together ancient spirituality with contemporary lived religion. As such, it will be of interest to scholars of religious studies, theology, Christian mysticism and spirituality, and queer studies. It will be of particular interest to those teach spiritual direction and to all who seek new ways to engage with the spiritual lives of LGBTIQ+ people.
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To Believe in Jesus

To Believe in Jesus

The message of To Believe in Jesus is heartening, if disconcerting, for it stands a common assumption of religious writing on its head.

Author: Ruth Burrows

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0722078269

Category: Religion

Page: 136

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The message of To Believe in Jesus is heartening, if disconcerting, for it stands a common assumption of religious writing on its head. The way to holiness is not through dramatic renunciation, and holiness itself is not just for the 'specialists,' clergy and religious. Holiness cannot be struggled for or won - it can only be given, and all that is necessary is that we should ask. As soon as we cease to strive for virtue, concentrating attention uselessly on ourselves, and instead recognize our weakness, our need, the way is open to encounter God and the holiness of Jesus, which is his gift.
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John of the Cross

John of the Cross

Her Guidelines for Mystical Prayer opens with the example of two sisters — Sr Claire and Sr Petra . The former has particular experiences that many around her understand to be mystical graces ; the latter seems to Burrows to be just as ...

Author: Sam Hole

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192608123

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Through the 'dark night of the soul' to the depiction of the erotically-charged union of the soul and God, the poetry and prose works of the Spanish friar John of the Cross (1542-1591) offer a striking account of the transformation of the individual in the course of the Christian life. John of the Cross: Desire, Transformation, and Selfhood argues that these writings are animated by John's own creative and subtly conceptualized notion of erotic desire. John's understanding of desire has the potential to enrich recent theological discussion of the subject, but it has been curiously neglected in past scholarship. To correct this lacuna, this study undertakes a detailed historical analysis in three parts. Firstly, it attends to the patristic, medieval, and sixteenth-century Spanish influences on John's writings, showing how John reworks a long tradition of biblical, Christian, and Platonic reflection on the concept. Secondly, it traces the importance of desire through John's writings, demonstrating how he develops the theme through his poetry, his anthropology of the soul, and his account of the spiritual ascent. Thirdly, it explores the reception of his writings in the twentieth century, demonstrating how particular modern philosophical and theological commitments have prevented scholars from recognising the rich and distinctive shape of John's theological vision. John's account of the transformation of the self, with its hopeful vision of the graced transformation of the soul's desires, has significance beyond the constrained modern categories of systematic theology, Christian spirituality, pastoral theology, and mysticism—it is a vision that is worthy of recovery today.
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To Believe in Jesus

To Believe in Jesus

Again, it is said that I take so much for granted in Guidelines for Mystical Prayer and this, I realise, is true. As the wisest of the wise has remarked, the number of those to whom the second half of the book applies is small, ...

Author: Ruth Burrows OCD

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441174345

Category: Religion

Page: 128

View: 744

The message of To Believe in Jesus is heartening, if disconcerting, for it stands a common assumption on its head. The way to holiness is not through dramatic renunciation, and holiness itself is not just for the 'specialists', clergy and religious. Holiness cannot be struggled for and won - it can only be given, and all that is necessary is that we should ask. As soon as we cease to strive for virtue, concentrating attention uselessly on ourselves, and instead recognise our weakness, our need, the way is open to encounter God and the holiness of Jesus which is His gift.
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Love Unknown

Love Unknown

In this book, she distills the wisdom and experience gained from her life as a Carmelite nun into a vigorous, compelling presentation of what it means to be a Christian.

Author: Ruth Burrows

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781441103727

Category: Religion

Page: 180

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Ruth Burrows is the author of numerous best-selling books, including Essence of Prayer. In this book, she distills the wisdom and experience gained from her life as a Carmelite nun into a vigorous, compelling presentation of what it means to be a Christian. Ruth Burrows believes that many people, even regular churchgoers, miss the true meaning and joy of Christianity. God longs for us to know him as our Saviour, so that he can bring us to share in his own Trinitarian life and love. Burrows traces how God reveals himself to us through our personal lives, particularly our experiences of weakness and failure; through history and the natural world; through the scriptures; and above all, through his beloved Son Jesus. Encountering the living God revealed in Jesus Christ challenges us to face our own truth, and sets us free to receive the boundless love, the joy, fulfilment, and holiness, for which we were made.
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Yoga Meditation and Mysticism

Yoga  Meditation  and Mysticism

Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks Kenneth Rose ... See also Merton, Contemplative Prayer, 98. ... A persistent danger for Catholic mystics, and to which Burrows refers, Guidelines for Mystical Prayer, 12.

Author: Kenneth Rose

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472571700

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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Contemplative experience is central to Hindu yoga traditions, Buddhist meditation practices, and Catholic mystical theology, and, despite doctrinal differences, it expresses itself in suggestively similar meditative landmarks in each of these three meditative systems. In Yoga, Meditation and Mysticism, Kenneth Rose shifts the dominant focus of contemporary religious studies away from tradition-specific studies of individual religious traditions, communities, and practices to examine the 'contemplative universals' that arise globally in meditative experience. Through a comparative exploration of the itineraries detailed in the contemplative manuals of Theravada Buddhism, Patañjalian Yoga, and Catholic mystical theology, Rose identifies in each tradition a moment of sharply focused awareness that marks the threshold between immersion in mundane consciousness and contemplative insight. As concentration deepens, the meditator steps through this threshold onto a globally shared contemplative itinerary, which leads through a series of virtually identical stages to mental stillness and insight. Rose argues that these contemplative universals, familiar to experienced contemplatives in multiple traditions, point to a common spiritual, mental, and biological heritage. Pioneering the exploration of contemplative practice and experience with a comparative perspective that ranges over multiple religious traditions, religious studies, philosophy, neuroscience, and the cognitive science of religion, this book is a landmark contribution to the fields of contemplative practice and religious studies.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Experiences With The Jesus Prayer And Guidelines For Its

Experiences With The Jesus Prayer And Guidelines For Its

when thou hast shut thy door , pray to thy Father which is in secret ; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly ( Luke 18:13 ; Matt . ... In mystical prayer , the temptations we encounter exceed all others in danger ...

Author: Luis S. R. Vas

Publisher: ISPCK

ISBN: 8172146930

Category: Jesus prayer

Page: 168

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Categories: Jesus prayer