Author(s): Noel O'Donoghue
A Carmelite himself, Noel O'Donoghue has gathered together his definitive reflections on the three great mystical doctors of the Catholic Church: St Teresa of Avila,St John of the Cross and St Therese of Lisieux. These inter-related and interwoven essays are the mature fruit of a lifetime's study and contemplation, written in the richly poetic way that readers have come to expect from this author.
"'one of the most perceptive spiritual writers of our time' Religious Life Review 'I found this book... simply one of the most searching and moving I had encountered. It combines the sensibility to language and feeling of a poet with an astonishing intellectual boldness, a metaphysical energy; and every page is also recognisably the work of a pastor of unusual quality. This is a wonderful and visionary account of orthodox Christianity.' Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury"
Noel O'Donoghue was lecturer in Philosophical Theology and Director of Studies in the University of Edinburgh until 1988. He is the author of Heaven in Ordinarie, The Mountain Behind the Mountain and The Angels Keep Their Ancient Places.
Foreword by Father Timothy Flynn; Part 1: St. Teresa of Avila - woman of vision; 1. A Journey through the Life; 2. Prayer and Virginity; 3. A Guide to the Interior Caste; Part 2: St. John of the Cross - man of fire; 1. The Way of Mystical Longing; 2. The Dark Night; 3. The Mount of Perfection; Part 3: St Therese of Lisieux: child of the little way. 1. The Little Way of Spiritual Childhood; 2. Therese as a Work of God; 3. Prayer as Partnership: the receptive dimension; Conclusion: Caritas novit eam.