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Praying with the Women Mystics

Author(s): Mary Malone

ISBN13: 9781856075572

ISBN10: 1856075575

Publisher: Columba Press

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  • These prayer- poems were written in an attempt to make the writings of Christian women, most, but not all of them, mystics, accessible to the contemporary believing community, and to women in particular. The thematic content of this spiritual writing can often differ quite dramatically from male spiritual writing, and these poems are primarily focused on these differences. The themes include: the gendered naming of God (Mother, Lady-Love, Lady Wisdom, Sophia, as well as the more usual Lord, Father, King), the sense of immediate access to God claimed by women who were generally deemed, in traditional religious understanding, to be daughters of Eve and the cause of sin, and the courage to speak the things of God publicly even though almost all Christian teaching mandated the silencing of women. An essential ingredient in these mystical prayers was a new sense of the full humanity of women rooted, perhaps primarily, in their experience of the Eucharistic humanity of Jesus. The poems are placed in contemporary settings, using contemporary language, and sometimes addressing contemporary issues, in an effort to communicate the radical nature of the writing of the women mystics. Each poem is rooted in these mystical themes and is liberally sprinkled with words and phrases from the named woman mystic. It is the writer s hope that the courteous and homely nature of the divine-human encounter, as illustrated by these women often hundreds of years ago, will be communicated to a contemporary readership.

  • Mary Malone

    Mary T. Malone retired home to Ireland in 1997 after almost forty years in Canada where she taught in Toronto’s St Augustine’s Seminary and in the University of St Jerome’s, the Catholic College on the campus of the University of Waterloo. Since returning to Ireland, Mary has written a trilogy on Women & Christianity, 2000, 2001, 2003, and Praying with the Women Mystics, 2006, all for The Columba Press, as well as several articles. Mary lives in her home county of Wexford.

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