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
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.
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.
Table of contents
Robert Aleksander Maryks
1. The Mysticism of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
2. A Controversial Mystic: Father Baltasar Álvarez
Manuel Ruiz Jurado, S.J.
3. The Mystical Theology of Luis de la Puente
4. Achille Gagliardi and the Northern Mystics
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
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
11. Henri de Lubac (1896–1991) and Contemporary Mystical Theology
12. Karl Rahner (1904–84) and His Mystical Theology
Harvey D. Egan, S.J.
13. Hugo M. Enomiya-Lassalle: Zen-Enlightenment and Christianity