Category Archives: Mysticism

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ, for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock.” — St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Revelation at Tre Fontane

One of the most amazing stories of an atheist’s conversion to the Catholic Faith must surely be that of Bruno Cornacchiola, a violent man who hated with all his being everything to do with the Catholic Church, and had even … Continue reading

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Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

“We the Christians are the true Israel which springs from Christ, for we are carved out of His heart as from a rock.” — St. Justin Martyr (d. 165)  “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am … Continue reading

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Hildegard of Bingen – a perspective

 Hildegard of Bingen has a reputation as a visionary, a musician and a sort of feminist. Illustration detail from ‘Sanctae Hildegardis Revelationes’ , Italian School (13th century) Photo: BRIDGEMAN ART LIBRARY By Christopher Howse A woman who wrote a letter castigating … Continue reading

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Heinrich Seuse (c. 1295-1366): Dominican Mystic

Today, in the liturgical calendar of the Dominican Order, Heinrich Seuse (known in English as Henry Suso) is commemorated. It is noteworthy that he was a disciple of Meister Eckhart, who was accused of heresy and asked by the Papal … Continue reading

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Praise of Glory – Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity

“A praise of Glory is a soul of silence that remains like a lyre under the mysterious touch of the Holy Spirit so that He may draw from it divine harmonies; it knows that suffering is a string that produces … Continue reading

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Repent; do penance; pray

On November 28, 1981, the Virgin Mary began appearing in the tiny village of Kibeho, Rwanda.  Among Our Lady’s many messages was a chilling prophecy. This prophecy of mass genocide sadly came true in the nineties when a million people were killed … Continue reading

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St. John of the Cross. The Holy Father’s General Audience

JOHN OF THE CROSS: PURIFY THE HEART IN ORDER TO MEET CHRIST VATICAN CITY, 16 FEB 2011 (VIS) – In his general audience today, held in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope focused his attention on St. John of the … Continue reading

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St. Teresa of Avila – Holy Father Emeritus’ Catechesis.

TERESA OF AVILA: CONTEMPLATIVE AND INDUSTRIOUS VATICAN CITY, 2 FEB 2011 (VIS) – During his general audience, held this morning in the Paul VI Hall, the Pope spoke about St. Teresa of Avila, who lived from 1515 to 1582. Teresa … Continue reading

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The Roots of Liberal Theology

This essay was written by Rev. Thomas Slater, S.J. and published in the Irish Ecclesiastical Record, January, 1907. One who has been brought up in the old system of theology, and whose reading has for the most part been confined … Continue reading

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… and sometimes we just sit – contemplative prayer

Contemplative prayer – even more than meditative prayer – should come with a health warning. Contemplative prayer is the gift of just being with God – and, as Gertrude said in the comments to my post on meditative prayer – … Continue reading

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The Mirror and the Crucifix

by Frère Rabit The final instalment of this series Earlier this summer on the CP&S blog I began publishing a series of articles on Saint Clare’s letters to Saint Agnes of Prague, never realising that such a long interval would … Continue reading

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On St. Hildegard: Cloistered Nun and Mystic

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy, SEPT. 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today at the general audience in Castel Gandolfo. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters, In 1988, on the occasion of the Marian … Continue reading

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All Are Called To Mysticism-OFFICIAL!

Interview with Carmelite Father Luigi Borriello By Miriam Diez i Bosch ROME, SEPT. 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Mysticism is not just a secondary aspect of theology, but is something that all people are called to, says Father Luigi Borriello. The Carmelite … Continue reading

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