A Year with the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living

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This beautiful deluxe gift edition features two-tone sewn binding, ribbon marker, gold edges, and designed interior pages. 

There’s so much noise. Everything can seem like a distraction. Distraction, in fact, seems our oxygen. When was the last time you saw people talking on an elevator? We seem to plug in everywhere. We have earphones and screens and don’t even look up, never mind find time for silence. 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?

Resting in Him. What does that even mean? In A Year with the Mystics, popular National Review journalist and commentator Kathryn Jean Lopez, who writes and speaks frequently about faith and public life, prayer and the Church, offers readers a tour of the magnificent variety of mystical writing in the heart of the Church, featuring reflections from both household and contemporary names like St. John Paul II, Mother Teresa and Edith Stein, as well as titanic historic figures such as Sts. 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 seemingly all-consuming busy-ness of life.

Each page is an invitation to enter more deeply into the life of faith. What does the road to union with God look like? What is a dark night? What is true love of the Trinity? What is this Church as bridegroom business?

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 a day to 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 for you the air you breathe and a wellspring of renewal in your life as a Catholic, rooted in the sacraments.

Kathryn Jean Lopez
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18 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Steven McEvoy on Dec 26th 2023

    The Mystics have always fascinated me, and yet I have approached them with a little hesitation. Sinc…

  • 5
    A year with the mystics

    Posted by Vicki Bruner on Dec 25th 2023

    Given as a gift. Loved by recipient.

  • 5
    A Year with the Mystics

    Posted by Randall Brown on Dec 12th 2023

    A wonderful exploration of the mystics.

  • 5
    Great Christmas gift!

    Posted by Edward Patten on Dec 12th 2023

    For a parish priest.

  • 5
    A Year With The Mystics

    Posted by Rita on Dec 8th 2023

    Started to read it and found it perfect for a short meditation each day. So close to the end of the …

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  • 5

    Posted by Skipper on Dec 8th 2023

    Daily bite size pieces ideal. The scope is great from the ancent fathers to modern writer. More reco…

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  • 5
    A year with the mystics

    Posted by Defender on Dec 8th 2023

    Exceeded my expectations. Makes a wonderful gift even for those who are not close to God, this will…

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  • 5
    Great spiritual readings!

    Posted by BARBARA P. on Dec 27th 2022

    I so enjoy reading these spiritual, daily readings. We can learn from the saints.

  • 5
    Great mediations

    Posted by Elizabeth K. on Dec 22nd 2022

    I love reading the "A Year With..." series of books as a meditation during my morning pray…

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