Long before I became Catholic, I remember picking up a book on the mystics from my sister’s kitchen table.
Shocked, I immediately demanded, “What in the world in this?” (I wasn’t exactly what you’d call “Catholic-friendly” back then.)
My lovely sister replied that she had begun to read St. Teresa of Avila and other mystics. A Protestant woman of deep prayer, she more or less confessed there was an attraction to the Catholic spiritual writers that was undeniable.
I thought she was nuts.
But thirty-some years later, I know exactly what she’s talking about.
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Catholic spiritual teaching has absolutely revolutionized my world. I didn’t really dive into the mystics like St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross until several years after I converted, but when I finally did…Wow!…Everything changed.
My prayer life deepened. My experience of the Mass was transformed. And my entire worldview became an “otherworldly view”, if you know what I mean.
And my excitement for Catholic spiritual teaching has never waned.
Which is why I’m really excited to share with you my latest Art of Catholic podcast.
It features a man I believe to be one the great modern voices in Catholic spirituality – Fr. Donald Haggerty.
His latest book – “St. John of the Cross: Master of Contemplation” – is a tour-de-force and is easily the best commentary on the Mystical Doctor I’ve ever read.
In this beautiful conversation, we get into topics like:
- Who was St. John of the Cross
- Why is deeper prayer a necessity for Catholics?
- What are some common obstacles to deeper prayer?
- What is the real role of asceticism?
- The importance of “mental austerity”
- The theme of darkness in John of the Cross
- St. John Paul II’s love of St. John of the Cross and his fascinating view of the virtue of faith
- and more!
This is one of those conversations you don’t want to miss because it can change your life.
God bless and enjoy!
PS Here’s the Audio-Only Version