365 Readings and Meditations That Celebrate the Mystical Path
As a member of the Catholic Dominican Order for 34 years, Matthew Fox held closely to the mystical teachings of Christianity, teachings that embraced the feminine, the natural world, and social justice in their vision of the sacred. Fox's approach continually put him at odds with the Vatican, and in 1998, he was expelled from the Order by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.
Fox believes that the Church's patriarchal hierarchy and rigidity, what he calls its “institutional churchiness,” obscures mystical Christianity's most beneficial and essential teachings, which inevitably arise out of personal experiences of the divine.
In Christian Mystics, he offers a wide-ranging collection of quotations from Christianity's greatest mystics over the past two thousand years. Fox explores and celebrates this mystical path with insightful commentary on the thoughts and revelations of some of history's greatest religious visionaries.
Many of these mystics, from Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer to Russian philosopher Nicolai Berdyaev to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., challenged orthodoxy and, like Fox, paid a political price for it. Others, such as fourteenth-century hermitess Julian of Norwich, pursued their mystical visions in solitude, leaving behind their writings for later generations to absorb. But all the mystical teachers Fox included in this anthology stood outside the mainstream religious institutions of their day and thus tapped into a heterodox river of mysticism flowing through history - what Fox identifies as “the single universal truth that all religions point to.”
This beautiful gift edition of mystical teachings provides a touchstone to remind us of the powerful religious experiences that are often lost amid daily headlines about church politics and clerical misdeeds. It also lays out a personal, creative, spiritual path that leads toward truth and understanding.
Matthew Fox is the author of 28 books including Original Blessing, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, and most recently Christian Mystics. He holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year and is a visiting scholar with the Academy for the Love of Learning. He lives in Oakland, California. His website is www.matthewfox.org.