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Light and Images: Elements of Contemplation Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Adrienne von Speyr was a 20th century Swiss convert, mystic, wife, doctor and author of numerous books on spirituality. She entered the Church under the direction of Hans Urs von Balthasar. Her writings, recognized as a major contribution to the great mystical writings of the Church, are being translated by Ignatius Press
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This book may be difficult for first time readers of Speyr (try Confession, Handmaid of the Lord, any of her Scripture commentaries, or Hans Urs von Balthasar's First Glance at Adrienne von Speyr). That said, the book really is accessible to all who have some sense of their need for contemplation. Speyr was always a strong advocate for contemplation because it "shows itself to be the inevitable and sole necessary way to let the Father's will be done on earth in a fruitful way and to be so devoted to heaven that God's revelation in the Word remain ever living and relevant" (Light and Images, 154).
Speyr sees the image of the Son as the expression of the divine light. The Son is the perfect intersection of light and image. He who is the perfect image of the Father ("He who has seen me has seen the Father" [Jn 14:9]) is also the one who radiates perfect divine light ("I am the light" [Jn 8:12]). Speyr also believes that man, created in the image of God, can deepen this image by contemplating the Son as the image and the light.
Particularly fascinating in this book is her account of the dark night and awakening from the night. In this account, one can see Speyr's Carmelite spirituality of the dark night interacting with her Ignatian spirituality of consolation and desolation.
I heartily recommend this book for all those looking for good spiritual meat. One of my favorite quotations from this book is "meaning must have its roots in God's triunity" (Light and Images, 149). This book will guide you into the meaning of your life, which will only be found in the Trinity.