Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage
by St. John of Ruysbroeck
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Adornment of the Spiritual
Marriage is just one of the three works included in this
version of St. John of Ruysbroek's (1293-1381) writings.
It also includes The Sparkling Stone and The Book of
Supreme Truth. St. John is well-known as a Christian
mystic of Flemish descent who spent most of his life in
solitude, living as a hermit or with a small number of
disciples. Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage is a study of the
Bible's metaphor of Christ as the Bridegroom and the church as the
Bride, a "marriage" that produces perfect union. Union with God is also
the theme of The Sparkling Stone and The Book of Supreme
St. John describes several mystical levels of union with God in which
the human body and mind are forgotten. St. John is known for having an
extraordinary propensity for theology and philosophy, and his works
exhibit his great mind. These classic pieces of spiritual literature
are rife with imagistic language and readers will be in awe of this
spiritual giant's mind.
CCEL Staff Writer