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  1. The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

    The Meaning of Mary Magdalene

    Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

    • by
    • Cynthia Bourgeault
    Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity—yet, if you look in the Bible, you’ll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what’s there.… Read More

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  2. Teresa of Avila

    Teresa of Avila

    The Book of My Life

    • by
    • Mirabai Starr
    Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582) is one of the most beloved of the Catholic saints. In 1562, during the era of the Spanish Inquisition, Teresa sat down to write an account of the mystical experiences for which she had become famous. The result was this book, one of the great classics of spiritual autobiography. With this fresh translation of The Book of My Life, Mirabai Starr brings the inimitable Spanish mystic… Read More

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  3. Visions and Longings

    Visions and Longings

    Medieval Women Mystics

    • by
    • Monica Furlong
    The women mystics of medieval Europe represent the very first feminine voices heard in a world where women were nearly silent. As such, they are striking and unusual, strange, powerful and urgent. Monica Furlong uses key selections from among these women's own writings and writings about them by their contemporaries, along with her own assessment of them, to open up their contributions to a wide popular audience. The eleven women… Read More

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  4. Teresa of Avila

    Teresa of Avila

    Ecstasy and Common Sense

    • by
    • Teresa of Avila
    • edited by
    • Mother Tessa Bielecki
    The words of Saint Teresa of Ávila speak to the heart so directly that even four hundred years after her death she seems like our contemporary. Few people have ever written of the spiritual path with such immediacy, down-to-earth wisdom, and humor. Mother Tessa Bielecki has brought together here short selections from Teresa's collected works—including The Way of Perfection, The Interior Castle, her autobiography, poetry, meditations, and letters—to… Read More

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