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Jan Van Ruusbroec
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This is a collection of John Ruusbroec's works - 'The Spiritual Espousals', 'The Sparkling Stone', 'The Mirror of Eternal Blessedness', and 'A Little Book of Clarification'. All of these writings dwell on the same theme, which is the perfection of the spiritual life of a Christian believer.

This is a collection of John Ruusbroec's works - 'The Spiritual Espousals', 'The Sparkling Stone', 'The Mirror of Eternal Blessedness', and 'A Little Book of Clarification'.

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In this context, John Ruusbroec lived as a monk in the duchy of Brabant and produced a corpus of works on the spiritual life that has made him the most important Flemish mystic in an age of such greats as John Tauler, Julian o. .

In this context, John Ruusbroec lived as a monk in the duchy of Brabant and produced a corpus of works on the spiritual life that has made him the most important Flemish mystic in an age of such greats as John Tauler, Julian of Norwich, and Brigitta of Sweden. John Ruusbroec: The Spiritual Espousals, The Sparkling Stones & Other Works (Classics of Western Spirituality) (9780809127290) by John Russbroec. The fourteenth century in Europe has been called "the age of adversity. It was a time when medieval society was racked by the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and peasant insurrections

by Jan van Ruusbroec. This is a collection of John Ruusbroec's works - 'The Spiritual Espousals', 'The Sparkling Stone', 'The Mirror of Eternal Blessedness', and 'A Little Book of Clarification'.

by Jan van Ruusbroec.

The Blessed John van Ruysbroeck (Dutch: Jan van Ruusbroec, pronounced ; 1293 or 1294 – 2 December 1381) was one of the Flemish mystics. Some of his main literary works include The Kingdom of the Divine Lovers, The Twelve Beguines, The Spiritual Espousals, A Mirror of Eternal Blessedness, The Little Book of Enlightenment, and The Sparkling Stone. Some of his letters also survive, as well as several short sayings (recorded by some of his disciples, such as Jan van Leeuwen).

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The Flemish mystic Jan van Ruysbroeck was the most important spiritual writer and mystic in the Low Countries in the 14th century. He is considered to be the father of Dutch prose and one of the first writers to use the vernacular instead of Latin to treat mystical subjects. For more than a quarter century he lived in the area of St. Gudule in Brussels and attained a reputation as a preacher and orthodox religious thinker.

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Home Browse Books Book details, The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works. The Spiritual Espousals and Other Works. By John Ruusbroec, James A. Wiseman. First as an assistant parish priest in Brussels and later as a canon regular in the wooded solitude of Groenendaal, Ruusbroec wrote his majestic summa of Christian life in the spirit-at once daringly speculative and remarkably balanced. In a time of utter confusion he achieved the kind of synthesis normally reserved to those privileged moments of tranquillity so rare in history. In that respect he evokes a comparison with his older contemporary, the author of the Divina Commedia.

The fourteenth century in Europe has been called "the age of adversity." It was a time when medieval society was racked by the Hundred Years' War, the Black Death, and peasant turmoil of the age, saw the decline of its mendicant orders, the "Babylonian Captivity" of the papacy in Avignon, and the rise of wide-ranging heretical movements such as the Free Spirit heresy that disparaged the Church and its sacraments in favor of an immediate experience of God.

In this context John Ruusbroec (1293-1381) lived as a monk in the duchy of Brabant and produced a corpus of works on the spiritual life that has made him the most important Flemish mystic in an age of such greats as John Tauler, Julian of Norwich, and Birgitta of Sweden.

For the first time in English, four of Ruusbroec's most influential writings have been collected in one volume: The Spiritual Espousals, A Mirror of Eternal Blessedness, The Little Book of Clarification, and The Sparkling Stone. This new translation by James Wiseman offers a fresh, contemporary rendering of Ruusbroec's brilliant discourses that caused Abbot Cuthbert Butler to comment that "in all probability…there has been no greater contemplative; and certainly there has been no greater mystical writer."

  • great depth and an adventure that can be life changing.Quite one of the greatest mystical books I have read.

  • amazing book but too deep for me.

  • Not for everybody. It can be pretty heavy going, but it's definitely worth the effort. Skip the introduction and dive right in.

  • Purchased this to add to my Classics of Western Spirituality collection. When I get around to reading it, probably years from now, I'll probably review it then.

  • Excellent condition!

  • Ruusbroec is a great Christian mystic who lived a very sensible, grounded life as a Catholic priest in what is now Holland. Ruusbroec lived a very rich contemplative life, and wrote many outstanding works on Christian contemplative spirituality. In terms of depth, beauty and greatness, his mysticism stands equal to that of Meister Eckhart and the Rhineland mystics, his contemporaries, and influenced many later spiritual schools in Europe.

    The greatest of Ruusbroec's works is the Spiritual Espousals, which outline a pathway by which the human soul is united with God. The process of union follows the classical pattern of Christian spirituality, purification, illumination, and divinisation, whereby the soul is cleansed of sin through baptism and the sacraments and by living the good moral life and is then lead to a deep and intimate communion with God by letting go of one's will and egoistic desires, rising above all creatures in the world, and by turning inwards in a state of inner unity, calm, and silent contemplation. As a master of the Christian spiritual life Ruusbroec gives many stern warnings about spiritual deception and egoism and false forms of Christian spirituality, including those which proclaim freedom to do as one wishes and total union with God's essence.

    Ruusbroec's mysticism is strongly focused on love, God's ineffability, and on the Trinitarian nature of God's inner life. Of all the great mystics, Ruusbroec seems to be the one who most strongly saw God's triune side, as opposed to other mystics who tended to see more God's unity and oneness (Eckhart and John of the Cross). This makes the inner nature of God's love, both for himself and for his creatures, an essential part of Ruusbroec's mysticism, an important and biblical truth often forgotten by some mystics and contemplative writers down the ages. Evelyn Underhill rightly praised Ruusbroec as perhaps the greatest of the medieval mystics, because of his awareness of God's triune nature and the infinite love that flows from that ineffable nature.

    This work will be a joy to read for any Christian with an interest in spirituality and the contemplative life, and since Ruusbroec was also a fairly sensible and sober fellow, doesn't depart fundamentally from any teaching of either Christianity or the Catholic Church. In this sense then he is a 'safe' mystic, though like many mystics at times his language can lack rigor and coherence and can at times seem to approach more dubious theological notions.

  • This is a collection of John Ruusbroec's works - 'The Spiritual Espousals', 'The Sparkling Stone', 'The Mirror of Eternal Blessedness', and 'A Little Book of Clarification'. All of these writings dwell on the same theme, which is the perfection of the spiritual life of a Christian believer. Ruusbroec speaks of different levels of mystical experience - there is the active life, the 'union with an intermediary', where we grow in virtue and gain access as believers to the grace of God through Christ and the Church. There is the contemplative life, the 'union without intermediary' where we draw within ourselves to attend with fervor to the personal presence of the Triune God, with whom we enter into spiritual communion. Finally there is the eternal, superessential life, the 'union without difference', where we find the complete rest in our spiritual origin in the Unity of the divine essence. But he is emphatically not a monist or pantheist. We do not dissolve into the Oneness of God, rather we restfully participate in the divine essence and then continually 'flow out' (a favourite image of Ruusbroec's) into the dynamic Trinitarian life of God and all his creation.

    While these are the most profound mystical works that I have ever read, Ruusbroec's humility, discernment and staunch orthodoxy make them feel very safe and accessible. They provide a beautiful and accessible model for the spiritual life of all Christians.

    'That we might blissfully possess the essential Unity and clearly contemplate the Unity in the Trinity - may the divine love grant us this, for it turns no beggar away. Amen. Amen.'

    Amen.