There’s so much noise. Everything can seem like a distraction. But our hearts need quiet—how are we ever going to pray otherwise? How could we ever possibly know God’s love and will, and the truth about ourselves and the world without resting in Him?
In A Year with the Mystics, Kathryn Jean Lopez, who writes and speaks frequently about faith and public life, offers readers a tour of the beautiful mystical writing in the heart of the Church. This book features reflections from names like Saint John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and Edith Stein, as well as titanic historical figures such as St. Catherine of Siena and John of the Cross. The words of these holy men and women of prayer are presented in accessible doses ideal for daily prayer amidst the busy-ness of life.
Each page is an invitation to enter more deeply into the life of faith. Mysticism is not some foreign and remote life of prayer for poets and saints in heaven; rather, it is the call for every Christian to draw more deeply and profoundly from the heart of Christ in prayer.
A Year with the Mystics is a tour, a retreat, and a love story in which God seeks you out. With the small commitment of a few minutes of daily prayer with mystic saints and other holy ones, you will be making time for communication and peace in the heart of the Trinity. Your faith will grow and you will see that the life of a contemplative in the world can be yours; it can become the air you breathe and a wellspring of renewal in your life as a Catholic, rooted in the sacraments.