Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God (Cloister Books)
Hope and Mercy are no longer marginalized words, lost in an over-worked and trite lexicon of simplicity. They bounce and dance with life, and make sense for practicing this great faith we so desperately seek. Stringer, Rector, All Saints' Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi, TX This is a lovely little book that invites the reader to undertake an inner journey that can be transformative if one gives oneself to its demands. Thomas Keating. The book will be of enduring interest to mature meditators seriously committed to contemplative prayer.
Bourgeault's book beautifully balances teaching with illuminatingly illustrative autobiographical anecdotes. Talat Halman, Central Michigan University. An Episcopal priest, she is well known as a retreat and conference leader, teacher of prayer, and writer on the spiritual life. She is the author of a number of books, including Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening.
Chapter 1. Journey to the Wellsprings Chapter 2. Living in the Mercy Chapter 3.
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Preview — Mystical Hope by Cynthia Bourgeault. At a time when people are yearning for good news, Cynthia Bourgeault's new book invites us to find our way to the hope that does not disappoint or fail. In our usual way of looking at things, hope is tied to outcome: "I hope I get this job" or "I hope my mother gets well. In five interwoven meditations, Mystical Hope shows how to recognize this hope in our own lives, where it comes from, how to deepen it through prayer, and how to carry it into the world as a source of strength and renewal.
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Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God Cowley, is an inviting, warmhearted, and reflective introduction to Christian mysticism by Cynthia Bourgeault. Reverend Bourgeault is an Episcopal Priest who leads contemplative prayer retreats across the U. She is a genuine contemporary mystic and minister who is not only deeply immersed in and committed to her Christian tradition and its contemplative practices, but has sincerely and richly studied Sufism Mystical Islam.
Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God is a short book running only 5" x 8" pages, including its beautiful opening epigraph, a poem by St. But it is a deep text that holds the potential to intersect into one's contexts of faith and practice with long-lived potency. Her exploration of the meaning of mercy in the Hebrew Bible, English, Latin, Hebrew, and French fruitfully yields a vivid evocation of "mercy" as "a fierce, bonding love," and "the power that binds one person to another in the covenant of hearts" p.
Brendan who in sailing to find the Land promised to the Saints, finds it not by navigating in the physical world, but rather, at the moment his "inner eye opens. One most memorable and helpful is that of her experiences navigating boats in the Maine fog as a metaphor matching and illuminating such mystical motifs as the "Cloud of Unknowing" and the "Dark Night of the Soul. I found her occasional quotes from contemporary Sufi master Kabir Helminski and Thomas Merton's writing on Sufism also appealing.
Her quote from Gerald May that the universe runs on the energy of agape p. But the main thrust of her offering here is decidedly and devoutly Christian and when she makes her comparisons, she affirms the distinctive beauty and richness of the Christian revelation -- so much so that I only wish she had extended her descriptions of centering prayer and lectio divinia, sacred contemplative reading. In a beautiful passage on Gethsemani Matt , she writes: "When Jesus, the living truth, yielded himself faithfully into the Mercy; when he who was the Mercy dissolved into the Mercy, in that exact moment the Mercy became one with the body of Christ.
From then on and ever hereafter the Mercy wears a human face -- and that is the face of Christ. Bourgeault writes of an experience of her daughter riding a ferry that became for her a vivid personal moment of apocatastasis. Experiencing the scene as a moment in which "it was all present already, all contained in a huge, stately now" led her to see how "all our times are contained in It was her discovery that one can taste of apocatastsis in everyday moments in which "all is fulfilled" when one stands in the Mercy.
A train riding image she culls from Tolstoy's novella The Death of Ivan Ilych on the shift Ivan Ilych experiences of accepting his own death is also illuminating. Bourgeault's earlier autobiographical account of her journey with Rafe Love is Stronger than Death Lindisfarne Books, is truly a book that echoes in one's consciousness, a book on a Platonic love and mentoring relationship that continues after the death of one of the two people! In Mystical Hope Bourgeault is probing -- and maybe even provoking -- us to look in our faith for a hope deeper than one by which one "can fix anything," and instead to find the "ground of hope" p.
This ground of hope rests as she points out in a realm literally "beyond thinking" -- metanoia. I appreciate her evocation and improvisations on Jacob Boehme's term for mercy as "warmheartedness," Barmherzigkeit and Merton's term for entering mystical unitive experience, which he described as le point vierge the virgin point.
In one sense, as a point vierge, Bourgeault's book can be a sweet, warm and fast read; at a deeper level, the "ground of hope" p. Oct 06, Circle of Hope Pastors rated it really liked it Shelves: prayer , water. I love this book. When I told Nate about it, he said Cynthia Bourgeault, herself, handed him a copy when he was in college and he loves it too! Bourgeault is an engaging, personal writer who manages to turn her sometimes esoteric knowledge into practical approaches for getting to know God and be known!
In Christ, in righteousness, in The Mercy, in the flow of hope that leads to that vierge point as Merton describes: "at the center of our being a a point of nothingness which is untouched b I love this book. In Christ, in righteousness, in The Mercy, in the flow of hope that leads to that vierge point as Merton describes: "at the center of our being a a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion, a point of pure truth, a point or spark which belongs entirely to God There is a LOT here in just pages. I read a chapter a day after my morning prayer disciplines to make sure I did not read it too fast, and found myself longing for morning.
If you do not "understand" it all right off, and if she quotes people and movements that make you feel suspicious, that's OK. It will do you good to be in hope with her, and that is her main gift in the offering, anyway. Oct 05, K. This is fine. Having said that, there are a few reasons I would likely not read it again, hence the 3 stars.
The second chapter, for me, is wholly unpalatable. I take tremendous issue with the desire of some Christian This is fine. Those who speak of God as though God is expressed in physics always strike me as understanding neither. It also serves to alienate persons who have real need for visceral connection to Christ. The author also brings up another of my issues with this book, though she then forgets it, which I do not fault her for in the least.
It is kind of airy-fairy. There is nothing wrong with either of these activities, but some of the people in the deepest pain, who lack anything like a connection to God because they are working two jobs or raising kids on food stamps are NOT going to find quiet time to go inside to the point vierge. I wish the author had said the same. This book was assigned to me for a class, so I admit it's not one I would normally choose for myself.
People who come to it willingly will probably find it lovely. It had some moments. Mar 28, Gail Gallagher rated it really liked it.
Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God
Beautiful book. Check it out if you like mysticism with a christian flavor. As per usual I read thru a book of meditations a bit faster than is probably necessary to process the book so it's the sort of book I'll find myself going back to for particular quotes. She takes words to places words rarely dare to go. Gaudete et exsultate.