Praying with the Women Mystics
Mary T. Malone
Number of pages: 138
A contemporary adaptation of the work of some of the most important and inspiring women who, over the centuries, have tried to find the words to express the mystical experience of God.
The themes covered in these unique prayer-poems include the gendered naming of God (Mother, Lady-Love, Lady Wisdom, Sophia, as well as the more usual Lord, Father, King), the sense of the immediate access to God claimed by women who were generally deemed, in traditional religious understanding, to be daughters of Eve and the cause of sin and the courage to speak the things of God publicly.
An essential ingredient in these mystical prayers was a new sense of the full humanity of women rooted in their experience of the Eucharistic humanity of Jesus. These moving prayer-poems illustrate the courteous and homely nature of the divine-human encounter.
Mary T. Malone is a former professor of Theology at the Toronto School of Theology, and of Religious Studies at St. Jerome's University and the University of Waterloo. A noted historian of women and Christianity, she now lives in Ireland.