The Spiritual Espousals

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Liturgical Press, 1995 - Religion - 119 pages
The Espousals is the masterpiece of the fourteenth-century Flemish mystic Jan van Ruusbroec, who described one's spiritual development as involving the active life, the inner or yearning life, and the contemplative life, all of which he explains in the Espousals. This translation of the first-ever critical edition of The Spiritual Espousal will introduce Ruusbroec's writings to the wider audience they deserve. The overall theme of the Espousals is the message of Matthew 25:6, "See,/ the Bridegroom cometh,/ go out/ to meet him," which involves a four-step experience in each of the three "loves." The reader travels past the same guideposts three times, each time at a higher plane. Three times the reader sees the same thing occur?the meeting of the person with God?in the same sequence, but under a new light. Ruusbroec supports his mystical treatise with solid anthropological and theological thought. He sketches the psychological structure of the person, as well as the natural and supernatural relationship between God and the person. The result is one mystical explanation or expression of the inner condition of a person becoming one with God.

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