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  • Series: Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; New edition edition (April 1, 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809122979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809122974
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,869 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, Dutch (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Bennett on January 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
Bad cover, great book. Hadewijch, a 13th cent. beguine, is the mystic for all times. She walks us through the methodology of Christ who came for all women. She believes in love, lives for love and demonstrates the ramifications of rejection that necessarily ensue when one is devoted to such a path. She never lets love down. She maps a Zen-like cartography of the suffering that accompanies a life devoted to unconditional love, but gives it minimal value. The benefits of a life lived for others far outweigh the temporary discomfort of ego-amputation. She writes letters, poems in stanzas, visions and poems in couplets. Here is a sample of encouragement from one of her letters:
{p.50} Serve nobly, wish for nothing else, and fear nothing else and let Love freely take care of herself! For Love rewards to the full, even though she often comes late. Let no doubt or disappointment ever turn you away from performing acts of virtue; let no ill success cause you to fear that you yourself will not come to conformity with God. You must not doubt this, and you must not believe in men on earth, saints, or angels, even if tey work wonders (Gal. 1:8); for you were called early, and your heart feels, at least sometimes, that you are chosen, and that God has begun to sustain your soul in abandonment.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Scanlon VINE VOICE on February 18, 2007
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As we await eagerly the soon publication of a new biography of Reverend Mother Benedict Duss, Founder of the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Connecticut, let us revisit other publications which have flown from that wonderful profound and pure source of life.

The cover and chapter headings of this present volume are beautifully and meaningfully illuminated by the great artist and Benedictine nun of that Abbey, Mother Placid Dempsey, OSB. Please view the inside illustrations iconically as reflecting the visions of mystical love reported so well by the Belgium 13th century Catholic nun Hadewijch, of whom so little remains but her profound mystical writings.

We know so much of Saint Teresa of Avila, whose report of similar esctatic visions of mystical Love are even famously depicted in sculture in Rome. Yet of Hadewijch we know so little biographically, and have her only major work, her complete writings, including poetry, letters and prose, preserved for us now, translated and edited by the very able hand of Mother Columba (nee Elizabeth) Hart of the Abbey of Regina Laudis, as intelligent, spiritual, solidly theological and scholarly as an American Dorothy L. Sayers.

Hadewijch passes a much more painful vision of mystical Love, as she opens herself to experiencing the pain of a profound Love in exile, awaiting the earnestly longed for Divine Beloved. Hadewijch sees that as we grow in generous Love, as described in the sixth chapter of Saint Luke, loving generously those we most have reason to hate, so do we grow ever loser to the Divine Beloved, God, and capable of receiving God's infinite and pure love.
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This text is wonderfully useful for scholarly work. The translation is spot-on, and the contents comprehensive. That said, I do question the title; this is NOT the "complete works." It lacks, for instance, Hadewijch's List of the Perfect. The List of the Perfect is crucial to my research—imagine my shock in turning to the end of Vision 13, and NOT finding it! Other than that, though, I highly recommend this volume of The Classics of Western Spirituality.
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