How are modern-day Catholics to perceive or practice mysticism in the 21st century?
Now you can explore the reality of mysticism with renowned Ignatian spirituality expert Fr. Paul Coutinho. Mysticism within the Catholic faith has a long and honored history, and now, with this 12-lecture series, you can discover the meaning and spiritual significance of practicing mysticism as developed by St. Ignatius.
The mysticism of St. Ignatius is a universal mysticism lived out in everyday life. To follow this mystical path one does not have to run away to a lonely place or engage in severe asceticism. Rather the Ignatian mystical pathway shows us how to live our day-to-day lives in all its fullness: We savor our desserts, enjoy our vacations, grow in our loving relationships, and are fully present to the painful situations of our lives.
Through this revealing new course, you will learn that the key to Ignatian mysticism is not to find God in all things but to allow God to find us in all things, not just to love God but to receive God's love. Discover for yourself how a personal relationship and mystical union with God is life changing.
An Experienced Walk with an Introspective Saint
AT A GLANCE:
Fr. Coutinho gives a deep and informed look at Ignatian spirituality that achieves its goals, though it is somewhat repetitive and not comprehensive.
Ignatius of Loyola is one of the most influential saints within Catholicism and will most likely come to be known as a Doctor of the Church. He is the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and his ideas of relation to God are still widely studied.
Going into these lectures one should be familiar with the Saint and his history, as these are hardly discussed here. The Society and its past are covered in a few minutes at the beginning and end of the series, but virtually all of its run-time is devoted to spirituality as the title suggests. These ideas are abstract, dealing largely with matters of relation to God in theological and often technical terms that will make the lectures difficult for non-Catholics to follow. His main thesis focuses on man's search for identity with the divine and his realization of the interconnected nature of all living creatures.
As a Jesuit, Fr. Coutinho leads Ignatian spiritual retreats and is well-versed in the subject. His voice is pleasant and lectures deliberately timed and structured. His teaching style is soaked in lifelong reflection and prayer. While lofty and ruminating, the presentation never feels off-topic.
It should be noted that he holds some novel doctrines. For example, he expresses the view that one should receive communion before (rather than after) confession, as the ensuing change of heart will help create the proper disposition of penitence in the believer.
I would recommend this to Catholics with some familiarity in the area, perhaps to refresh their memories and deepen an understanding of Ignatian spirituality.
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