A Companion to Jesuit Mysticism


In A Companion to Jesuit Mysticism, Robert A. Maryks provides thirteen unique essays discussing the Jesuit mystical tradition, a somewhat neglected aspect of Jesuit historiography that stretches as far back as the order’s co-founder, Ignatius of Loyola, his spiritual visions at Manresa, and ultimately the mystical perspective contained in his Spiritual Exercises.

The volume’s contributions on the most significant representatives of the Jesuit mystical tradition—from Baltasar Álvarez to Louis Lallemant to Hugo Makibi Enomiya-Lassalle—aim to fill this lacuna in Jesuit historiography. Although intended primarily as a handbook for scholars seeking to further their own research in this area, the volume will undoubtedly be of interest to scholars and students of Jesuit studies more broadly.

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Robert Aleksander Maryks, PhD (2006) in history, Fordham University, is associate professor of history, associate director of the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, and editor of Jesuit Sources at Boston College. He has published on various aspects of the history of the Jesuits, including Saint Cicero and the Jesuits (Ashgate, 2008), The Jesuit Order as a Synagogue of Jews (Brill, 2009), Pouring Jewish Water into Fascist Wine (Brill, 2011), and A Companion to Ignatius of Loyola (Brill, 2014). He is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Jesuit Studies, the Jesuit Studies book series, Boston College Jesuit Bibliography: The New Sommervogel Online, and Jesuit Historiography Online.

“excellent volume ... a welcome introduction into Jesuit mysticism and beyond.”
Philipp Reisner, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf. In: Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol. 49, No. 2 (summer 2018), pp. 527-529.

“Though written by active scholars, the essays in the volume are accessible to non-specialist readers; indeed, though the specialist has something to learn from these texts, they are probably most valuable for newcomers to this field.”
Timothy W. O’Brien, S.J. In: The Way, Vol. 57, No. 1 (January 2018), pp. 115-116.

“I highly recommend this edited volume for the light it casts on historical and contemporary engagements with Ignatian spirituality, both as an active contemplative tradition of prayer, and as a stepping stone into the mystical traditions of infused prayer and prayer of quiet. […] Readers of this volume—both academics and practitioners—will find these articles challenging, informative, and enriching.”
Francis X. McAloon, S.J., Fordham University. In: Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality, Vol. 19, No. 1 (Spring 2019), pp. 168-172.

Robert Aleksander Maryks

1. The Mysticism of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
Darcy Donahue

2. A Controversial Mystic: Father Baltasar Álvarez
Manuel Ruiz Jurado, S.J.

3. The Mystical Theology of Luis de la Puente
Rady Roldán-Figueroa

4. Achille Gagliardi and the Northern Mystics
Rob Faesen
Translated by John Arblaster and edited by Timothy Page

5. Louis Lallemant and his Doctrine spirituelle: Myths and Facts
Tibor Bartók, S.J.

6. Mysticism as an Existential Crisis: Jean-Joseph Surin
Moshe Sluhovsky

7. Claude La Colombière (1641–82), Marguerite-Marie Alacoque (1647–90), and Devotion to the Sacred Heart
William P. O’Brien, S.J.

8. Jean-Pierre de Caussade and the Caussadian Corpus
Wendy M. Wright

9. Science as a Mystical Quest: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
François Euvé, S.J.

10. “The Witness to These Witnesses”: Henri Bremond
François Trémolières

11. Henri de Lubac (1896–1991) and Contemporary Mystical Theology
Andrew Prevot

12. Karl Rahner (1904–84) and His Mystical Theology
Harvey D. Egan, S.J.

13. Hugo M. Enomiya-Lassalle: Zen-Enlightenment and Christianity
Ursula Baatz

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