What is it like in practice to come close to the presence of God? Are there words which can, in some way, explain the nature of that experience? In this compelling study, Paul Murray draws attention to both the wisdom and lived experience of those men and women who knew, at first hand, of the light and fire of which they speak. Murray demonstrates how important and relevant for us today are the writings of authors such as Catherine of Siena, John of the Cross, Meister Eckhart, and Teresa of Avila. To the often bewildered hearts and minds of our generation, the writings of these remarkable men and women speak with a unique authority.
Paul Murray OP is an Irish Dominican and a poet. He works in Rome, Italy, where he teaches the literature of the mystical tradition at the Angelicum University.
Acknowledgements \ Introduction: A Surprising Radiance \ 1. Fire and Fountain: The Living Experience of God \ 2. Falling towards Grace \ 3. Searching for God: Contemplative Prayer in the Dominican Tradition