A Course in Christian Mysticism (paperback)

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A COURSE IN CHRISTIAN MYSTICISM
By Thomas Merton
Thirteen Sessions with the
Famous Trappist Monk


Gathers together, for the first time, Thomas Merton's lectures to young monastics at the Abbey of Gethsemani into a spiritual, historical, and theological survey of Christian mysticism. Sixteen centuries are covered in these talks, from St. John's gospel to St. John of the Cross.

A general introduction sets the scene for when and how the talks were prepared and for the perennial themes one finds in them, making them relevant for spiritual seekers today. Study materials at the back of the book include additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion.

Paperback, 236 pages, 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

A Course in Christian Mysticism: Thirteen Sessions with the Famous Trappist Monk (By Thomas Merton, edited by Jon M. Sweeney)

Thomas Merton's lectures to the young monastics at the Abbey of Gethsemani provide a good look at Merton the scholar. A Course in Christian Mysticism gathers together, for the first time, the best of these talks into a spiritual, historical, and theological survey of Christian mysticism—from St. John's gospel to St. John of the Cross. Sixteen centuries are covered over thirteen lectures. A general introduction sets the scene for when and how the talks were prepared and for the perennial themes one finds in them, making them relevant for spiritual seekers today. This compact volume allows anyone to learn from one of the twentieth century's greatest Catholic spiritual teachers. The study materials at the back of the book, including additional primary source readings and thoughtful questions for reflection and discussion, make this an essential text for any student of Christian mysticism.

"With both Merton's masterful lectures on Christian mysticism, and the helpful guide questions at the end, this book presents not only an intellectual exploration of the mystical texts but also a profound spiritual engagement with contemplative prayer for those who wish to drink deeply from the wells of this spiritual tradition."
Carmel Posa, SGS, Executive Director, New Norcia Institute

"A Course in Christian Mysticism is an excellent source for those who want to begin a systematic study of the great early masters of the Christian mystical tradition. Merton offers us his keen perception of these teachings with an eye to our contemporary search for the Divine, that 'mystery of our union with God.' Merton's command of the sources is aided by Sweeney's skilled editing, which makes Merton's lectures more accessible to readers. I highly recommend this resource."
Laura Swan, OSB, Associate editor of Magistra

"This wonderful volume transports the reader across time and space and permits us to become students of Thomas Merton alongside his novitiate formandi. The genius of Merton's scholarly mind and prayerful spirit are on full display as he takes us on a historical and spiritual journey of discovery. A Course in Christian Mysticism is not only a must-read text for fans of Merton, but also a great introduction to the history of Christian mystical spirituality through the centuries."
Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Catholic Theological Union

"A fresh, engaging, and accessible course on Christian mysticism from a genuine Christian mystic—this book is a treasure. In his impressive synthesis, Jon M. Sweeney has made some of Thomas Merton's best lectures on some of the greatest Christian mystics available to everyone."
Joseph Raab, STL, PhD, Professor of Religious Studies and Theology, Siena Heights University