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Angelus Silesius: The Cherubinic Wanderer (Classics of Western Spirituality) [Paperback]

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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.26" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1986
Publisher   Paulist Press
ISBN  0809127687  
EAN  9780809127689  


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In one series, the original writings of the universally acknowledged teachers of the Catholic, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Islamic and Native American traditions have been critically selected, translated and introduced by internationally recognized scholars and spiritual leaders. ANGELUS SILESIUS-THE CHERUBINIC WANDERER Translation and foreword by Maria Shrady Introduction and notes by Josef Schmidt Preface by E.J. Furcha "The Rose which here on earth is now perceived by me, has blossomed thus in god from all eternity." Angelus Silesius (1624-1677) Johann Scheffler was born in 1624 to Protestant parents in the Silesian capital of Breslau, seven years after the Thirty Years' War had begun unsettling Europe. At the age of 29, after graduating from the University of Padua, he converted to Catholicism and took the name Angelus. Although he pursued a career as an energetic and sometimes vitriolic apologist, it was his poetry that won him a place of importance in the mystical literature of the West. By the mid-seventeenth century the epigram had become the most widely used form for German baroque poetry. Utilizing that genre, Silesius, in Josef Schmidt's words, "molded the epigram into perfectly expressing what has been the intrinsic problem of any mystical writer: saying the ineffable." The Cherubinic Wanderer over the decades has become an integral part of German religious folk literature. Admirers such as Friedrich Schlegel in the past century and Hans Urs von Balthasar and Umberto Eco in our own day have prized the work for its power, its immediacy, and its beauty of expression.

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Here are poetic texts by one of the great German mystics of the 17th century, Angelus Silesius (1624-1677). These texts, written in the form of the epigram, are still used today for contemplative prayer and as part of German Christmas folklore.

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Profound Minimalist Poetry from the West  Jun 12, 2008
"So high above all things that be
Is God uplifted, man can dare
No utterance: he prayeth best
When Silence is his sum of prayer." (Angelus Silesius, I. 240)

Here, the poetic form of epigram is mastered and undertaken in the service of expressing the deepest, most beautiful, must puzzling and profound mysteries of Christian mysticism.

Angelus Silesius (Johannes Scheffler) is a Protestant-turned-Catholic who lived in the height of the turmoil in the aftermath of the Reformation. Eight years after converting, he left the world for the monastery, where he spent his formidable creative energies in anti-Reformation polemics, and profound spiritual verse. His prose polemics are nothing original. His poetry, however, serves as the the content of this highly-important addition to the Classics of Western Spirituality.

One thinks of the minimalist and apophatic artistic expression of Basho and the haiku tradition in the East. One might expect from Western German Roman Catholic imitation of Dante's epic poetry, or even something like the fourteen-line line poetry of Shakespear and Petrarch.

Angelus prefers the two-line epigram, the four-line maxim, the concise apothegm, and puts this small package in service of the near infinite interplay of paradox and simple truth in Christian theology and experience. Each short verse is a succinct summary of, a beautiful re-statement of, or a wise insight into the truths of the Holy Scripture and the Church.

Moving, enlightening, convicting, at times (intentionally) perplexing, these verses draw the soul into a search for that which is beyond words.

The spiritual seeker, the devout Catholic, the curious Protestant, the sympathetic non-believer will all find a verse on which to be nourished.

"God loves me more than Him; than me I love God more.
So He gives me as much as I to Him restore."
 
The Epigrammatic Wanderer  May 22, 2007
This volume is an important contribution to the illustrious and much needed Classics of Western Sprituality Series from Paulist Press, a project which was initiated in the early 1980's and continues. A bonafide mystic, if not in the most progressive sense (as is made abundantly clear in the superb introductory essay and foward, a succinct, yet comprehensive, survey of the life and work of this relatively little known but important poet and hymnist), an early Lutheran Pietist who coverted to orthodox Catholicism during the Counter-Reformation, Angelus Selesius is first and foremost an artist of high rank.
My one plaint here, however, is that, what is in my opinion, Silesius' best poem, his masterpiece, is for some strange reason omitted from this collection or somehow I have missed it. Thus, I cite it here, and if you like, you can copy it, as I have, into the wisely included blank pages at the end of this handsomely constructed book.

"Though Christ a thousand times
in Bethleham be born
And not within thyself,
Thy soul will be forlorn . . .

The Cross on Golgotha
Thou lookest to in vain,
Unless within thine heart
It be set up again."
 
A transportation to the heights of Christian peace!  Mar 1, 2002
I love those epigrams of Silesius! They are like little poems in their own way. Many christians today should have this book. The enlightenment the epigrams give meaning and depth to the moments in our daily life and how the littlest things we do can mean the best to God. They convice the reader of God's continual prescence in all things even when we do not know it. Buy this book. It carries spiritual manna in itself.
 
Silesius: German mystic and poet, authro of protestant hymns  Feb 5, 2000
This man was a doctor and good friend of Abraham Von Franckenberg and was of ambivalent loyalties to catholic church during the counter reformation.An orphan himself, he was later the benefactor of orphans and lived a cloistered life while writing his specialty,rhymed alexandrine couplets.. he is said to have been the first author of most of the protestant hymns
 

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