One of the most respected and adventurous of writers on the mystical traditions of Christianity, himself a Carmelite, Noel Dermot O'Donoghue has gathered together his definitive reflections on the three great mystical doctors of the Catholic Church: St Teresa of Avila ("Woman of Vision"), St John of the Cross ("Man of Fire") and St Therese of Lisieux ("Child of the Little Way"). These inter-related and inter-woven essays are the mature fruit of a lifetime, written in the richly poetic way that readers have come to associate with this modern master of Celtic Christianity.
Noel O'Donoghue was lecturer in Philosophical Theology and Director of Studies in the University of Edinburgh until 1988. He is the author of Heaven in Ordinarie, The Mountain Behind the Mountain and The Angels Keep Their Ancient Places.
Foreword by Father Timothy Flynn; Part 1: St. Teresa of Avila - woman of vision; 1. A Journey through the Life; 2. Prayer and Virginity; 3. A Guide to the Interior Caste; Part 2: St. John of the Cross - man of fire; 1. The Way of Mystical Longing; 2. The Dark Night; 3. The Mount of Perfection; Part 3: St Therese of Lisieux: child of the little way. 1. The Little Way of Spiritual Childhood; 2. Therese as a Work of God; 3. Prayer as Partnership: the receptive dimension; Conclusion: Caritas novit eam.