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The life of the servant

Author: Heinrich Seuse; James Midgley Clark
Publisher: London : James Clarke & Co., 1952.
Series: Classics of mysticism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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One of the classics of medieval mystical literature, this is the autobiographical account of Suso's spiritual journey, as told to a woman who sought his counsel.

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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Seuse, Heinrich, 1295-1366.
Life of the servant.
London : James Clarke & Co., 1952
(OCoLC)551430927
Named Person: Heinrich Seuse; Heinrich Seuse
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Heinrich Seuse; James Midgley Clark
ISBN: 0227678621 9780227678626
OCLC Number: 13948548
Notes: A translation of the author's autobiography (which is known as the Vita and also as Das Buch, das da heisset der Seuse), based on Karl Bihlmeyer's edition.
Description: 150 pages, 1 unnumbered leaf of plates : illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: Of the first trials of a beginner --
Of the supernatural ecstasy which befell him --
How he married eternal wisdom in a spiritual manner --
How he wrote the beloved name of Jesus on his heart --
Of the prelude of divine consolation by which God encourages many beginners --
Of various visions --
The rules he observed at table --
How he celebrated New Year --
Of the words 'lift up your hearts' --
How he celebrated Candlemas --
How he observed lent --
How he observed May Day --
Of the sorrowful way of the cross, which he walked with Christ when he was led to his death --
Of the useful virtue that is known as silence --
Of the mortification of the flesh --
Of the sharp cross that he carried on his back --
Of his bed --
How he broke off the habit of drinking --
How he was led to the spiritual school and instructed in the knowledge of the true self-surrender --
Of the painful descent --
Of inner sufferings --
How he set out to bring wholesome help to his neighbors --
Of manifold sufferings --
Of the great sorrow that came to him through his own sister --
Of the deep sorrow that once came upon him through one of his companions --
Of the murderer --
In perils of waters --
Of a short respite that God once vouchsafed to him --
Of a loving account that he once settled with God --
How he once came near to death in his sufferings --
How a man should offer up his sufferings in a praiseworthy manner to God --
How God in this world compensates a suffering man for his suffering --
Of the servant's spiritual daughter --
Of the first steps of a beginner --
Of the first examples and teachings for a beginner, and the need for moderation in austerities --
Of the childlike devotion of a beginner in religion --
How he drew dissolute persons to God, and comforted the suffering --
Of a sore affliction that befell him about this time --
Of inner suffering --
What sufferings are the most useful to man and the most praiseworthy to God --
How he drew some loving hearts from earthly love to divine love --
Of certain suffering persons who were attached to the servant with particular affection --
How Christ appeared to Him in the shape of a seraph, and taught him how to suffer --
How firmly he must contend who would win the spiritual prize --
Of the beloved name of Jesus.
Series Title: Classics of mysticism.
Other Titles: Vita.
Responsibility: by Henry Suso ; translated by James M. Clark.

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