Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and by Thomas DuBay
By Thomas DuBay
This booklet is the fruit of Fr. Dubay's a long time of analysis and event in non secular course and in it he synthesizes the lessons on prayer of the 2 nice medical professionals of the Church on prayer--St. John of the move and St. Teresa of Avila--and the instructing of Sacred Scripture. however the educating that Fr. Dubay synthesized isn't accrued from Teresa and John for contemplatives on my own. it's intended for each Christian and relies at the Gospel valuable of non-public prayer and the decision to holiness. all of the significant components of those nice academics are ordered, commented on and installed the context in their scriptural foundations. here's an exceptional ebook on prayer and the religious existence written by way of the best religious administrators and retreat masters of our time, and in response to the writings of the Church's maximum mystical medical professionals.
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as recommended by means of the author,was hardly ever the case. now we have modern snap shots of Francis exhibiting differently in addition to descriptions of his contemporaries equivalent to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back urged by means of the writer, is uncertain. there isn't any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this sort of small city, it'll were prohibitied except the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there isn't any checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there is not any indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct touching on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of heritage, the assumption of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. girl Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical existence. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once virtually 30 whilst he switched over to the paranormal lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) certain, Francis did visit conflict. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a observe indicates a life-style which can hardly ever painting the Francis of Assisi of ancient list. certain, he went to conflict yet we don't have any inspiration of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not understand. We do be aware of he was once attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as cross at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, used to be interrupted by way of a magical occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who finally spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight? " as recommended by means of the writer. Francis proposal in a different way. the matter right here seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever might be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he did not dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to be certain a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably concept as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century past. Bernard acknowledged "to kill a Muslim isn't to dedicate homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being helpful till the Muslims authorized the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by means of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, funds and fabric for the Crusades. Had it no longer been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many reliable books on Saint Francis. this isn't one among them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition that may understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to claim this isn't stable heritage. it really is sloppy heritage reflecting the emotions of the current into the prior. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of historical past yet provide it one big name for the canopy and one celebrity for the paper it really is written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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This normalcy already appeared in childhood, for she had a passionate love for tales of war and glory and chivalry. We read that she was “wilder than all her brothers put together”39 and fearless in horseback riding. Even as a youngster she was vibrantly vital: she did what she did with a reckless abandon. While she was at first opposed to the idea of becoming a nun, when she did finally decide in the affirmative, it was with her “all-or-nothing” disposition. Teresa of Avila did not operate by fractions.
Not long ago a layman engaged me in conversation after the Sunday liturgy, his face beaming with joy. “Father, I’ve never heard that before”, he enthused. He was referring to a theme that should be commonplace in homilies. What was this happy discovery, this good news he had never heard before? For the most part, it was two remarks, one of a first-century man, the other of a sixteenth-century woman, interwoven with about fifteen minutes of commentary. If this had been the only time I had met with this sort of reaction to this particular message, the incident probably would not have lingered in my mind.
She loved tenderly and affectionately, yet would brook no nonsense from anyone. She possessed both a strong self-image and an astonishing humility. A born leader, she was yet completely obedient to her superiors. She could be a windmill of activity at one time and at another be lost in mystical contemplation. Though she was highly intelligent and amazingly efficient, she gravitated toward simple, humble men and women. Yet Teresa had her faults, for saints are not born out of the blue. They are weighed down with the same weak human nature we all have, and they experience the same temptations.