Meet the God of mystery, who waits, and loves extravagantly.
Prayers from John Henry Newman, Gregory of Nyssa, Saint Augustine, Therese the Little Flower, John of the Cross, Thomas Aquinas and many more! Whether appealing for knowledge, seeking a sense of the love of God, or about asceticism, questions and doubts, or contemplation and action, each of these prayers are vibrantly alive. Rooted in classic sources, chiefly Catholic, and also general Christian, each prayer in Essential Mystic Prayers is important, especially now, in the 21st century. This book collects some of the most beautiful of these prayers.
Lay me to sleep in sheltering flame, O Master of the hidden fire! Wash pure my heart, and cleanse for me my soul’s desire. In flame of sunrise bathe my mind, that when I wake, clear-eyed may be my soul’s desire. (Fiona Macleod, Scotland, 19th century)
How shall I call upon my God and my Lord, when by the very act of calling upon him I would be calling him into myself? Is there any place within me into which my God might come? How should the God who made heaven and earth come into me? Is there any room in me for you, my Lord, my God? (St. Augustine, Africa, 5th century)