That is the underlying message of the mystics.
It’s also the underlying message of one of the best spiritual theologians in the United States. Dr. Anthony Lilles, Academic Dean at St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles can illuminate and discuss the interior life unlike anyone else I’ve heard or met. (You might remember him from episode 3.)
His new book is Fire From Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom…and it’s awesome.
He is so steeped in the rich mystical tradition of spiritual giants like John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity, that the power of their message almost bursts out of him.
To be perfectly honest, I had something totally different in mind when I contacted Anthony to come on show. But then the Holy Spirit took over. Here’s where He led the conversation:
- The mystical relationship between martyrdom and contemplation (inspired by the 21 young men martyred by Islamic militants in Libya)
- A deeper look into the mystical definition of contemplation
- The 3 essential elements of humanity every spirituality has to deal with (but only Christianity does)
- How forgiveness and the wounds of sin are related to contemplative prayer
- Why the Blessed Virgin is a key to a deep life of contemplation
This is one of the most enjoyable conversations I’ve ever had on the show because it cuts right to the heart of what the mystical life is all about.
It cuts to the heart of what our life is meant to be!
Enjoy and God bless!
P.S. Don’t just listen to us talk about it. Do it! Grab your FREE copy of my quick guide to deeper prayer 8 Ways To Jumpstart Your Prayer Life! It’s an easy step-by-step guide to help you rocket to God!
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