Love is Stronger Than Death: The Mystical Union of Two Souls

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Bell Tower, 1999 - 222 Seiten
This is a love story like no other. It describes the incandescent relationship between two hermits--a seventy-year-old monk and a fifty-year-old woman Episcopal priest and medieval scholar--who met at a Trappist monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. Both had studied Western esoteric traditions and believed it was possible for two souls to work and grow together "from here to eternity."
Brother Raphael Robin and Cynthia Bourgeault had three tempestuous and intense years together learning what it means to truly love someone, and then Rafe had a heart attack and died. Cynthia was urged to let him rest in peace (as we all are on the death of a loved one) but she trusted the invincible certainty of her heart. Several years later, Cynthia remains fully in touch with Rafe, believing that whatever he may be doing in the beyond affects her, and that what she does here affects him.
Cynthia Bourgeault's writing is robust and clear-eyed, and it shines. Her book is the story of what happened both before and after Rafe's death, as well as a guidebook for others called to the path of conscious love.

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Nutzerbericht  - jlhowson - LibraryThing

This isn't your typical romance novel; in fact, I'm not sure how to categorize it. Love is Stronger than Death explores the relationship between a Episcopal Priest and buddhist monk, including the nature of relationship after death. Intriguing, but not for someone looking for a casual read. Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - chicobico - LibraryThing

The practice of mysticism, in which a soul seeks communion and interior union with God, has a long, well-established tradition within the Christian faith. In the mid 20th century, George Gurdjieff and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (1999)

The Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault, Ph.D., lives in British Columbia, where she divides her time between solitude and her role as resident teacher for the Contemplative Society. Over the past two decades she has visited, studied, and taught in Benedictine monasteries throughout the United States and Canada, while earning her "outside" living variously as a college professor, medievalist, editor, and parish priest. She is an oblate of New Camaldoli Hermitage in Big Sur, California, and a past Fellow of the Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. She is the author of many articles and audiotapes on the spiritual life and is an internationally known retreat leader.

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