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Wed, 30 Apr 2008


Fr. Murray Bodo, Mystics: Ten who show us the way of God,
St. Anthony Messenger Press

Mystics are rather a hot topic in some circles, especially pagan ones. People looking for meaning or even a new life, or style of life, look back to see what might be found, look back for clues.

Needless to say, Fr. Murray Bodo is not looking at pagan mystics at all. He is a Franciscan priest, has written many books related to religion, as well as three books of poetry. In addition to that he has, for some years, organised summer pilgrimages to Assisi, where St. Francis was from.

And, of course, St. Francis gets a mention here, along with the likes of Jacopone da Todi, Julian of Norwich, Therese of Lisieux, Gerald Manley Hopkins, Simone Weil, and Robert Lax. Quite often these lives are not happy at all, beset as they are with all manner of visions, and being who they were, and humans being what they are, some degree of persecution - at least amongst the earlier of these people.

In the end though, it is a picture of goodness, both of the people surveyed and the author himself.

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