Not of this World: A Treasury of Christian Mysticism

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James S. Cutsinger
World Wisdom, Inc, 2003 - Religion - 279 pages
This profound and insightful book includes selected writings of Christian sages and saints from the Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Evangelical and Celtic branches of the Christian tradition. They are presented from a perspective of 'the transcendent unity of denominations'.

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Contents

Nothing Amiss Julian of Norwich
113
Sweet Delight in Gods Beauty Jonathan Edwards
115
Thinking the Unthinkable St Anselm
119
Prayer of the Heart The Way of a Pilgrim
122
The Religion of Light Jingjing
126
In the Eyes of a Child Thomas Traherne
128
Saving Loveliness St Nonnus
132
Uncreated Light St Seraphim of Sarov
134

Simplicity
29
Drawn by the Flames St Thérèse of Lisieux
31
Descending with the Breath Nikiphoros the Athonite
33
So Many Names JeanPierre de Caussade
35
What Dreams May Come St Diadochos of Photiki
38
Sleep but My Heart Waketh St Bernard of Clairvaux
41
Nakedness and Sacrifice Jean Borella
44
The Tao Hieromonk Damascene
47
Go Not but Stay St Francis of Sales
51
Purity
55
The Center of the Soul William Law
57
True Prayer Evagrios the Solitary
60
The Tabernacle of the Covenant Richard of St Victor
63
Rank upon Rank St Clement of Alexandria
67
Ignorance Is Bliss Nicholas of Cusa
70
Opening the Tomb St Maximos the Confessor
72
The Virginal Paradise St Louis Marie de Montfort
77
Clothed in Christ St Symeon the New Theologian
79
ILLUMINATION
83
Clarity
85
Two Ways St Thomas Aquinas
87
Dispelling Darkness Boethius
89
Leading Strings François Fénelon
92
More than Ourselves Sir Thomas Browne
95
No Fixed Abode Pico della Mirandola
98
Today St Patrick of Ireland
101
The Teacher St Gregory of Sinai
104
True Imagination George MacDonald
106
Luminosity
111
Filling Every Place Jeremy Taylor
141
Virtues and Powers Paracelsus
144
A Single Unified Science Philip Sherrard
146
Practicing Presence Brother Lawrence
149
Hidden and Glorified Samuel Taylor Coleridge
152
As through a Mirror St Bonaventure
154
Recognition The Gospel of Thomas
158
Two Facades C S Lewis
162
UNION
167
Unity
169
A Higher School Henry Suso
171
Flight to Greater Things St Gregory of Nyssa
173
No Other Way Theologia Germanica
177
Gods Own Breath John Smith
181
The Very Marrow of the Bones St Teresa of Avila
185
Christmas in the Soul John Tauler
189
High Fantasy Lost Power Dante
194
Motionless Circling Nikitas Stithatos
197
Unicity
201
A Reply to Active Persons The Cloud of Unknowing
203
Closing to a Bud Again Lilian Staveley
206
The Joyful Instant St Augustine
210
One and the Same Mind Origen
213
Awareness and Return Swami Abhishiktananda
216
Waylessness John of Ruysbroeck
219
Hidden Beauty St Dionysios the Areopagite
223
Essence Is Simple St Nikolai Velimirovich
226
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