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Paulist Press: Classics of Western Spirituality (list 1 of 6)
Paulist Pess has published a series of over 130 volumes of the original writings of universally acknowledged teachers within the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic, and American Indian traditions.

Here is list 1 (of 6) of all current volumes of this highly acclaimed series, called "Classics of Western Spirituality". The following book descriptions are all by the publisher (www.paulistpress.com).


Augustine of Hippo: Selected Writings
Augustine of Hippo, Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Selections from the writings of one of the most influential shapers of the western theological tradition, Augustine of Hippo (354-430), including On the Trinity, The Rule of St. Augustine, The Happy Life, On the Presence of God and other works.


Abraham Isaac Kook: The Lights of Penitence, The Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems
Abraham Isaac Kook: The Lights of Penitence, the Moral Principles, Lights of Holiness, Essays, Letters, and Poems (Classics of Western Spirituality)
The chief Rabbi of Palestine prior to the establishment of the state of Israel, Kook (1865-1935) represents the renewal of the Jewish mystical tradition in modern times.


Albert and Thomas: Selected Writings
Albert and Thomas: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Contains writings by two 13th-century Dominicans, both Doctors of the Church, St. Albert the Great (1200-1280), patron saint of natural scientists, and the 'common doctor,' St. Thomas Aquinas (1226-1274), both famous for their contributions to philosophy and theology.


Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works
Anchoritic Spirituality: Ancrene Wisse and Associated Works (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Sometime in the first quarter of the 13th century a number of works were written for anchoresses, women who lived as religious recluses in cells adjoining churches. The most influential is Ancrene Wisse (A Guide for Anchoresses), which discusses in great detail the daily life of the anchoress, both outer and inner. This work gives a detailed sense of a powerful and multi-faceted spirituality different from that of other mystics.


Angela of Foligno: Selected Writings
Angela of Foligno : Complete Works (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Angela of Foligno (c. 1248-1309) is one of the most outstanding representatives of the Franciscan and Christian mystical tradition. Her Book, published here in English for the first time, describes her passionate love affair with the "suffering God-man," and her teachings in the form of letters and exhortations to her spiritual progeny.


Angelus Silesius: The Cherubinic Wanderer
Angelus Silesius: The Cherubinic Wanderer (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Here are poetic texts by one of the great German mystics of the 17th century, Angelus Silesius (1624-1677). These texts, written in the form of the epigram, are still used today for contemplative prayer and as part of German Christmas folklore.


Apocalyptic Spirituality
Apocalyptic Spirituality (Classics of Western Spirituality)
This book makes available major texts in the Christian apocalyptic literature from the 4th to the 16th centuries. The apocalyptic tradition is that of traditional philosophy based on revelation and concerned with the end of the world.


Athanasius: The Life of Antony and The Letter to Marcellinus
Athanasius : The Life of Antony and the Letter To Marcellinus
Athanasius (c. 295-373) Bishop of Alexandria, spiritual master and theologian, was a major figure of 4th-century Christendom. The Life of Antony is one of the foremost classics of asceticism. The Letter to Marcellinus is an introduction to the spiritual sense of the Psalms.


Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works
Bernard of Clairvaux: Selected Works (The Classics of Western Spirituality)
Here are writings of the great medieval spiritual teacher (1090-1153) who was preacher of the Crusades and founder of the Cistercians, with an introduction on the forming of Bernard's spirituality, its character and influence.


Bérulle and the French School: Selected Writings
Berulle and the French School: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
This work provides an introduction to the history and major themes of the 17th-century French School of Spirituality and its contemporary relevance. Included are works of Pierre de Bérulle (1575-1629), Madeleine de Saint-Joseph, Jean-Jacques Olier and JohnEudes.


Birgitta of Sweden: Life and Selected Writings
Birgitta of Sweden: Life and Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
In this volume are the life and revelations of Saint Birgitta (c. 1303-1373), Sweden's "Joan of Arc," a wife, mother and mystic who influenced both spiritual and political spheres of Europe.


Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, The Tree of Life, The Life of St. Francis
Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey into God, the Tree of Life, the Life of St. Francis (The Classics of Western Spirituality)
Named "The Prince of Mystics" by Leo XIII, Bonaventure (1217-1274), friar and professor at the University of Paris, was considered a great spiritual master in his own lifetime. These great works show the core of his vision.


Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings of Hugh of Balma and Guigo de Ponte
Carthusian Spirituality: The Writings of Hugh of Balma and Guigo De Ponte (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Translated here for the first time in their entirety in English are the extant writings of two little known 13th-century Carthusians who had great influence on Christian spirituality.


Catherine of Genoa: Purgation and Purgatory, The Spiritual Dialogue
Catherine of Genoa: Purgation and Purgatory, The Spiritual Dialogue (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Catherine (1447-1510), a married lay woman, was a mystic and a humanitarian, and a constant contemplative who cared for the sick and destitute. Purgation and Purgatory is a collection of sayings on spiritual purification in this life and the next. The Spiritual Dialogue gives us a readable and coherent inner history of Catherine.


Catherine of Siena: The Dialogue
Catherine of Siena : The Dialogue (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), mystic and Doctor of the Church, wrote The Dialogue, her crowning spiritual work, for "the instruction and encouragement of all those whose spiritual welfare was her concern."


The Cloud of Unknowing
The Cloud of Unknowing (The Classics of Western Spirituality)
Written by an anonymous English monk during the late 14th century, The Cloud of Unknowing puts forth a method of contemplation that stresses the importance of the understanding to break through the cloud of unknowing that separates God and humanity.


Devotio Moderna: Basic Writings
Devotio Moderna: Basic Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Here are basic texts that reveal the spirituality of the Modern Devout, especially during the early years of the movement from 1380 to 1430. The "Modern Devotion" movement, which was originated by a Dutchman, Master Geerte Grote, is the classic expression of later medieval religious life.


Early Anabaptist Spirituality: Selected Writings
Early Anabaptist Spirituality: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
Here is an anthology of early to mid-16th-century writings that illuminate the distinctive character of early Anabaptist ideology. The writings focus on the themes of regeneration, the Anabaptist fellowship and the demands of discipleship.


Early Dominicans: Selected Writings
Early Dominicans: Selected Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
The spirituality of St. Dominic and his early followers was a force in 13th-century Europe. Here is a selection of works that represent the simplicity, ruggedness and clarity of the Dominicans' biblically-based, Christ-centered spirituality.


Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Mi'raj, Poetic and Theological Writings
Early Islamic Mysticism: Sufi, Qur'an, Mi'raj, Poetic and Theological Writings (Classics of Western Spirituality)
This volume makes available and accessible the writings of the crucial early period of Islamic mysticism during which Sufism developed as one of the world's major mystical traditions. The texts are accompanied by commentary on their historical, literary and philosophical context.

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