Title: Wonderful and Dark Is This Road: Discovering the Mystic Path
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA) May 2004
1557253587 / 9781557253583
Seller ID: 20110715188825
''Mysticism is the art of union with Reality,'' writes Evelyn Underhill in her book, Practical Mysticism. ''The mystic is a person who has attained that union in greater or less degree; or who aims at and believes in such attainment.'' Building on Underhill's statement, Emilie Griffin asserts (albeit quietly, by her particular gift of understatement) that this ''art of union'' in not an end but a beautiful product of the seeker's journey to become intimately acquainted with a loving God. By this strain of logic, mysticism is given, not earned or learned. Yet all are called to prayer; all possess the means of a contemplative life. Griffin's own definition of mysticism -- close intimacy with a loving God -- makes room for the anonymous mystic attentive to ordinary, human living. In this paradigm, the incarnation serves as lodestone -- the Presence that Brother Lawrence (aka Nicholas Herman) practiced is the same Presence which the apostle Paul claims ''is not far from each one of us. For 'in him we live and move and have our being''' (Acts 17:27-28). Though Griffin's distinctions between contemplation and mysticism sometimes blur, her exploration of the mystic path -- illustrated by Sts. Paul and Francis, illuminated in nature, affirmed in both kataphatic and apophatic theologies, and revealed in the language of mystical love -- successfully traces its origin to the divine soil of human being.