In the passionate poetry of a bride to her bridegroom, thirteenth-century German mystic Mechthild of Magdeburg recorded thirty years of her most intimate conversations with God. The selections in this edition offer a glimpse into Mechthild's vision of God and her constant longing to be in his heart. Through Mechthild's rich imagery, the reader finds an exposed soul consumed by the perfect love of God. Her spiritual passion penetrates both her divine ecstasies and the trials of her temporal life.
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In the passionate poetry of a bride to her bridegroom, Mechthild of Magdeburg (1207/10-1282/97) yearns for the unity of her heart with the heart of God. In her only writing, The Flowing Light of the Godhead, she declares, "I do not know how to write nor can I, unless I see with the eyes of my soul and hear with the ears of my eternal spirit and feel in all the parts of my body the power of the Holy Spirit." As she seeks mystical union, Mechthild depicts her struggle with Lucifer, who tries constantly to disrupt her relationship with God, as well as God's lovesickness for Mechthild's heart. Mechthild borrows luminous imagery from the Song of Songs to express her constant longing to be in God's heart. The selections in this edition offer a powerful glimpse into Mechthild's vision of God.From Library Journal:
With these two titles, Paraclete begins a highly praiseworthy series of spiritual classics, one each by a female and male mystic of the Middle Ages. Editor Carrigan's commendable "mild modernizations" slightly alter the syntactic difficulties and archaisms of the originals while allowing them to retain both their otherness and their rhetorical power. Ardent spiritual seekers, especially Christians, can scarcely do without Mechthild and Lull, and for any library lacking the "Classics of Western Spirituality" versions of these authors, these convenient paperbacks should be an essential purchase. [Carrigan is an LJ reviewer and former Spiritual Reading columnist.AEd.]
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Book Description Paraclete Press (MA), 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111557252173