“I can think of no better guide to the Christian mystical tradition than Fr. Harvey Egan.”
– Rev. James Martin, S.J.
This course will inspire your heart and stir your spirit.
Called to listen to God’s whispers, the mystics show us the deepest recesses of the human spirit. Now, this remarkable series gives you the rare opportunity to take one of the world’s leading experts on mysticism as your personal guide. Boston College’s Fr. Harvey Egan, the author of such books as An Anthology of Christian Mysticism, draws on fifty years of teaching the Christian mystics. Brilliantly taught, his lectures are filled with faithful insights.
Under his guidance, you will explore the mystical life by focusing upon eleven significant figures. You will begin with Ignatius of Loyola and his finding of God in all things before looking at the “apophatic” mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing. Next, you will explore the classical mysticisms of Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, and Catherine of Siena, whom many consider to be the apex of the mystical tradition. You will also encounter the visionary mysticism of Julian of Norwich.
You will discover the captivating mysticism of Francis de Sales, Angela of Foligno, and Karl Rahner. Finally, after considering Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s cosmic mysticism, you will be moved by Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Let the great mystics of our tradition speak to you today.
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Fr. Harvey D. Egan, S.J., D.Theol., is a leading expert on Christian mysticism and the thought of Karl Rahner. He is Emeritus Professor of Systematic and Mystical Theology at Boston College, where he taught for forty years. He previously taught at the College of the Holy Cross and Santa Clara University. Fr. Egan received his doctorate of theology under the direction of Karl Rahner from Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany.
He is the author of several books, including Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition (Liturgical Press, 2010), Karl Rahner: Mystic of Everyday Life (Crossroad, 1998), An Anthology of Christian Mysticism (Liturgical Press, 1991), and Christian Mysticism: The Future of a Tradition (Pueblo Publishing, 1984). Fr. Egan has also translated many writings by Karl Rahner, and he has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and entries in anthologies.
Praise for Fr. Harvey Egan
“I can think of no better guide to the Christian mystical tradition than Fr. Harvey Egan, S.J. Learned, prayerful, articulate, inviting and always accessible, he is among the best of teachers.”
– Rev. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesu...
- Ignatius of Loyola
- The Anonymous Author of The Cloud of Unknowing
- Teresa of Ávila
- John of the Cross
- Julian of Norwich
- Angela of Foligno
- Francis de Sales
- Catherine of Siena
- Karl Rahner
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
- Mother Teresa