Book of Mystical Chapters : Meditations on the Souls Ascent, from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives

By: JOHN ANTHONY MCGUCKIN

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A beautiful instruction. Simple, and at the same time difficult, each page a poetry to live through. Every line given (and subsequently written) by a desert father to his fellow monks with the intention of it being ''learned by heart and meditated on over and over again for a day or even a week until the paragraph [has] broken like a fruit on the tongue... and revealed its inner flavor to the searching mind.'' Patristic scholar John McGuckin has edited and translated these sayings into three ''centuries,'' or books - Praktikos, Theoretikos and Gnostikos - following the tradition of monastic spiritual ascent. Praktikos involves the training of the soul to understand its own need for a disciplined inner attention - a holy psychology that maps the self to better understand God's mysterious presence there. Theoretikos serves to resolve the difficulties which Praktikos reveals. A place to struggle and work things out. Gnostikos is traditionally the most controversial chapter (because of its highly personal nature, i.e. the way a particular soul experiences God), focusing on the state of knowing or understanding God Himself. While this book has a very particular structure, its truth transcends intent, igniting in any careful reader the quiet, consuming love of God.


An Eighth Day View:


The early Christian monks of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine were the spiritual heroes of their age--fleeing the security of civilization for the desert, where they sought God in lives of prayer, contemplation, and radical simplicity. This book is a portable collection of their teachings, and those of their contemplative contemporaries, ranging from the fourth through the eleventh centuries. It is arranged to the traditional model of three ascending "books": Praktikos (practice), Theoretikos (theory), and Gnosis (knowledge). Each book consists of 100 "sentences"--aphorisms or thoughts. Each sentence is intended to be read and meditated upon for an entire day--just as the monks themselves might have done as they went about their work.

Title:: Book of Mystical Chapters : Meditations on the Souls Ascent, from the Desert Fathers and Other Early Christian Contemplatives

Author:: JOHN ANTHONY MCGUCKIN

Categories: Primary Sources,

Publisher: Random House Inc: July 2003

ISBN Number:: 1590300076

ISBN Number: 13: 9781590300077

Binding:: Paper Back

Book Condition:: New

Seller ID:: 166104