Taught by one of the world’s leading experts on Christian mystics, this stunning course reveals the powerful mysticism that inspired St. Ignatius and the charism he introduced.
Your award-winning professor, Boston College’s Fr. Harvey D. Egan, is a Jesuit priest and professor who earned his theology doctorate under Karl Rahner. St. Ignatius the Mystic is the apex of his 50-year scholarly and devotional exploration of Christian mysticism. His 12-lecture audio course will both broaden your mind and elevate your spirit.
Fr. Egan will take you beyond Ignatius’s pragmatic successes in asceticism and spirituality, reminding you of Ignatius’ forgotten contributions to the Christian mystical tradition. Setting aside the prevailing views of Ignatius – as a man of action, reform, and organizational genius – you will also come to see him as a mystic of breathtaking profundity.
For Fr. Egan, the notion of a mystical Ignatius is deep-seated and personal. As a young Jesuit, he experienced a transformative retreat with the Exercises. Later, as a doctoral student of Karl Rahner, he wrote a dissertation that translated the mystical wisdom of Ignatius of Loyola into a contemporary framework. Today, Fr. Egan cites Ignatius as “the mystic whom I know best and who has most influenced my life.”
Now, it is your turn to discover the beautiful ideas that mark Ignatius as a mystic in the Christian tradition. This series demonstrates that his apostolic successes are the expressions and embodiments of his radical mysticism, communicated to all dimensions of human existence. You will treasure this course.