The Pastoral Art of the English Mystics

The Pastoral Art of the English Mystics

by Julia Gatta


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Spiritual Direction from the English Mystics:
'The Revelations of Divine Love', by Julian of Norwich
'The Cloud of Unknowing', Anonymous
'Scale of Perfection', Walter Hilton

The current popularity enjoyed by these 14th century English mystics lies in their vocation to seek union with God. Here, for the first time, Julia Gatta shows these mystics to be prototypes for the modern spiritual director, displaying keen insights into that pastoral art. At the heart of the mystics' writings is their own intense desire not merely to see and know God for themselves, but also to bring others to this union with God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592444571
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/09/2004
Pages: 148
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

"The Rev. Dr. Julia Gatta is currently Vicar of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Windham, Connecticut. An experienced pastor, she holds a Ph.D. from

Cornell University in Medieval Studies beyond her college and seminary degrees. Trained in the Christian tradition of contemplation and spiritual

direction, Mother Julia teaches and leads retreats, and has served on theological and ecumenical commissions for the wider Church."

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"The mystics need to be prayed as well as studied. Herein lies the secret of this stimulating and rewarding book written with the theological toughness and prophetic strength the author attributes to her sources. Here is Mystical Theology at its best."

Robert Llewelyn

"In this important introduction to the English mystics' work of spiritual direction, Gatta has contributed to the present resurgence of interest in the classical tradition of pastoral care."

Kenneth Leech

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