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Light And Images: Elements Of Contemplation [Paperback]

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Pages   155
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.21" Width: 4.79" Height: 0.48"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2004
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  0898708834  
EAN  9780898708837  

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One of Adrienne von Speyr's most cherished concerns was to rekindle Christians' desire for contemplation and thus to renew the Church's prayer. Light and Images is one of the most important of her works on the subject. She sets forth the deepest theological foundations of contemplative prayer according to the reciprocal relationship between "light" and "images." Like the simple images that open up infinite depths to the eye of faith, this little book contains an obverwhelming wealth of insight into contemplation. One comes away from it with a vastly transformed understanding of the nature of prayer and an appreciation for its irreplaceable role in Christian life. With its disarmingly simple language, Light and Images is immediately accessible; and yet the new perspectives it offers on prayer surprise and challenge at every turn. The book is therefore both an incomparable introduction for those who wish to learn what it means to pray, and excellent spiritual reading for those seeking to draw more deeply from the Church's great treasury of prayer.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967) was a Swiss medical doctor, convert to Catholicism, a mystic, wife and author of over 60 books on spirituality and theology. She collaborated closely with the renowned theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, her confessor for 27 years, and they co-founded the Community of Saint John. Her numerous writings, published by Ignatius Press, are recognized by leading theologians and writers as a major contribution to the mystical and spiritual writings of the Church. Among her most important works are Book of All Saints, Confession, The World of Prayer, Handmaid of the Lord, and The Passion from Within.

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The Son is the Light and the Image  Jan 19, 2006
Written by Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967), a Swiss doctor and mystic, Light and Images: Elements of Contemplation is complementary to her book The World of Prayer. Both books are excellent and form a good picture of Speyr's understanding of the Christian life of prayer and contemplation. Whereas The World of Prayer is a fuller theoretical treatment, this book, Light and Images, offers concrete entrances into contemplation that can be practically used for ones' own prayer.

This book may be difficult for first time readers of Speyr (try Confession, Handmaid of the Lord, any of her Scripture commentaries, or Hans Urs von Balthasar's First Glance at Adrienne von Speyr). That said, the book really is accessible to all who have some sense of their need for contemplation. Speyr was always a strong advocate for contemplation because it "shows itself to be the inevitable and sole necessary way to let the Father's will be done on earth in a fruitful way and to be so devoted to heaven that God's revelation in the Word remain ever living and relevant" (Light and Images, 154).

Speyr sees the image of the Son as the expression of the divine light. The Son is the perfect intersection of light and image. He who is the perfect image of the Father ("He who has seen me has seen the Father" [Jn 14:9]) is also the one who radiates perfect divine light ("I am the light" [Jn 8:12]). Speyr also believes that man, created in the image of God, can deepen this image by contemplating the Son as the image and the light.

Particularly fascinating in this book is her account of the dark night and awakening from the night. In this account, one can see Speyr's Carmelite spirituality of the dark night interacting with her Ignatian spirituality of consolation and desolation.

I heartily recommend this book for all those looking for good spiritual meat. One of my favorite quotations from this book is "meaning must have its roots in God's triunity" (Light and Images, 149). This book will guide you into the meaning of your life, which will only be found in the Trinity.

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