The Man of Desire
Author: Felix Lonji, Louis Claude Saint-Martin
Finally! The long awaited English version of, "The Man of Desire." The French writer and mystic-philosopher, Robert Amadou once asserted that "Of all the writings of Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin, "the Man of Desire" is the best written, even though it sometimes feels a little too much..." It is in this work that the Unknown Philosopher, the most influential Western mystic of the Age of Enlightenment, presents in an unparalleled poetic genius all the main themes of the martinist doctrine according to which the human being committed the crime of moving away from God and fell into the material world. In so doing, he somehow fell asleep to the spiritual world, and his inner Temple is in ruins. Thus, he has to rebuild it. For, even though he has lost his first power, he still retains the germ of it, and it is only up to him to make it grow again.Regaining this paradise state that made the human being a manifested Thought, Word, and Action of God, such is the Martinist quest. Becoming a man of desire is to want to rebuild his inner temple and reintegrate his divine origin. A Man of Desire is the one who seeks his primitive purity. His desire is the Desire of God. Saint-Martin said on this matter: "There is nothing as common as the envy and as rare as the desire."It is in this work that you are going to discover the various texts constituting the foundation of the much talked about "Way of the Heart," so dear to Martinists of all creeds, which was drawn by the Unknown Philosopher to pave the path, par excellence, leading to reintegration.
The Way of the Heart
Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen
Publisher: Harper Collins
The modern classic that interweaves the solitude, silence, and prayer of the fourth- and fifth-century Egyptian Desert Fathers and Mothers with our contemporary search for an authentic spirituality
Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen
Publisher: Harper Collins
“Henri Nouwen was one of the great spiritual masters of the modern age. His beloved writings have helped millions understand that no matter where we are, God can meet us there. Read this brand-new compilation of his writings and conferences, and let Henri Nouwen accompany you—with his trademark wisdom, acuity, common sense, erudition and, most of all, compassion—and help you encounter God more fully in your daily life.” — James Martin, SJ, author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything Led by the writing of beloved, bestselling author Henri Nouwen (With Open Hands, Reaching Out, The Wounded Healer, Making All Things New), the authors of Spiritual Direction, return with the second work in this popular spirituality series on how to live out the five classical stages of spiritual development.
The Pilgrim's Tale
Author: Aleksei Pentkovsky, T. Allan Smith
Publisher: Paulist Press
Based on the Jesus prayer, "The Pilgrim's Tale" is the most famous example of Russian Orthodox spiritual literature. The volume is particularly important because this translation is based on the original manuscript, as opposed to many other current versions which are based on existing translations.
Elisabeth of Schönau (CWS)
Author: Elisabeth (Schonaugiensis.), Anne L. Clark
Publisher: Paulist Press
In this Classic of Western Spirituality readers will find the first English translation of the complete works of Elisabeth of Schonau, a twelfth-century Benedictine nun who claimed to have a series of extraordinary visionary experiences. In the complete works of Elisabeth are: -- three visionary diaries: First, Second and Third Book of Visions; -- a book of sermons, The Book of the Ways of God; -- Revelations about the Sacred Company of the Virgins of Cologne; -- The Resurrection of the Blessed Virgin; -- a collection of Elisabeth's letters; -- and a text describing Elisabeth's last days by her brother and secretary, Eckbert. Elisabeth's prophetic message brought consolation to the people of her day and a call for firmness of faith and the moral life. Today's readers will gain insight into how the communal, liturgical culture of a Benedictine monastery could shape the interior life and prophetic identity of a woman committed to its ideals.
What is your true purpose in life? What do women really want? What makes a good lover? If you're a man reading this, you've undoubtedly asked yourself these questionsbut you may not have had much luck answering them. Until now. In The Way of the Superior Man David Deida explores the most important issues in men's livesfrom career and family to women and intimacy to love and spiritualityto offer a practical guidebook for living a masculine life of integrity, authenticity, and freedom. Join this bestselling author and internationally renowned expert on sexual spirituality for straightforward advice, empowering skills, body practices, and more to help you realize a life of fulfillment, immediately and without compromise.
No Man is an Island
Author: Thomas Merton
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
This volume is a stimulating series of spiritual reflections which will prove helpful for all struggling to find the meaning of human existence and to live the richest, fullest and noblest life. --Chicago Tribune
Wild at Heart
Author: John Eldredge
Publisher: Harper Collins
John Eldredge revises and updates his best-selling, renowned Christian classic. God designed men to be dangerous, says John Eldredge. Simply look at the dreams and desires written in the heart of every boy: To be a hero, to be a warrior, to live a life of adventure and risk. Sadly, most men abandon those dreams and desires-aided by a Christianity that feels like nothing more than pressure to be a "nice guy." It is no wonder that many men avoid church, and those who go are often passive and bored to death. In this provocative book, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be-dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.
Lift Up Your Heart
Author: John Burns
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
For more than four-hundred years, Introduction to the Devout Life by Doctor of the Church St. Francis de Sales has been regarded as the essential guide to holiness and loving God. This spiritual classic takes on new life in Lift Up Your Heart, where Rev. John Burns has interpreted ten meditations for the modern reader and distilled them into a ten-day mini-retreat that can easily be completed in the midst of a busy life. This practical book goes right to the heart of helping you kick the habit of floating along on your spiritual journey to start actively pursuing holiness and devotion to God. During the course of the retreat, you'll learn the basics of forming a daily prayer routine, including how to offer yourself to God, meditate on his love, and maintain peace in the face of suffering and clarity in the midst of temptation. The meditations will help you: Adopt gratitude as a daily prayer practice. Examine and reorder your priorities and relationships to better reflect your love for God. Discern between good and evil in your life. Desire to love and serve as Jesus did. In a very real sense, Burns helps you take St. Francis de Sales as your spiritual director for ten days. As you do so, you’ll feel God’s fatherly love and restart your faith life, equipped with the tools to connect with God and live for heaven now.
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Intimacy with God
Author: Thomas Keating
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
A book on prayer by the monk who founded the Centering Prayer movement
THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING and THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING are the first explorations in the English language of the soul’s quest for God. Written in Middle English by an unknown fourteenth-century mystic, THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING expresses with beauty a message that has inspired such great religious thinkers as St. John of the Cross and Teilhard de Chardin, as well as countless others in search of God. Offering a practical guide to the life of contemplation, the author explains that ordinary thoughts and earthly concepts must be buried beneath a “cloud of forgetting,” while our love must rise toward a God hidden in the “cloud of unknowing.” THE BOOK OF PRIVY COUNSELING, also included in this volume, is a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and a consciousness only of the divine. William Johnston, an authority on fourteenth-century mysticism and spirituality, provides an accessible discussion of the works, detailing what is known about the history of the texts and their author. In a new foreword, Huston Smith draws on his extensive knowledge of the varieties of religious experience to illuminate the relevance of these works for contemporary readers.
Polishing the Mirror
Author: Ram Dass
Publisher: Sounds True
Sometimes illumination occurs spontaneously or, as Ram Dass experienced, in a heart-wrenching moment of opening. More commonly, it happens when we polish the mirror of the heart with daily practice—and see beyond the illusion of our transient thoughts and emotions to the vast and luminous landscape of our true nature. For five decades, Ram Dass has explored the depths of consciousness and love and brought them to life as service to others. With Polishing the Mirror, he gathers together his essential teachings for living in the eternal present, here and now. Readers will find within these pages a rich combination of perennial wisdom, humor, teaching stories, and detailed guidance on Ram Dass' own spiritual practices, including: Bhakti Yoga—opening our hearts to unconditional love Practices for living, aging, dying, and embracing the natural flow of life Karma Yoga—how selfless service can profoundly transform us Working with fear and suffering as a path to grace and freedom Step-by-step guidance in devotional chant, meditation and mantra practice, and much more For those new to Ram Dass' teachings, and for those to whom they are old friends, here is this vanguard spiritual explorer's complete guide to discovering who we are and why we are here, and how to become beacons of unconditional love.
The Cloud of Unknowing
Author: Evelyn Underhill, Aeterna Press
Publisher: Aeterna Press
GHOSTLY friend in God, thou shalt well understand that I find, in my boisterous beholding, four degrees and forms of Christian men’s living: and they be these, Common, Special, Singular, and Perfect. Three of these may be begun and ended in this life; and the fourth may by grace be begun here, but it shall ever last without end in the bliss of Heaven. And right as thou seest how they be set here in order each one after other; first Common, then Special, after Singular, and last Perfect, right so me thinketh that in the same order and in the same course our Lord hath of His great mercy called thee and led thee unto Him by the desire of thine heart. Aeterna Press
The Way to Love
Author: Anthony De Mello
Offers thirty-one meditations, each preceded by a Gospel quotation, providing insight on the ultimate question of love.