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Title: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Jan van Ruusbroec (1293-1381)
Author(s): KOURIE, Celia
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 18 Date: 2008
The fourteenth century was an age of tumult with wars, famine and plagues the order of the day. The Church was beset with political and religious strife. In the midst of this dire situation, many deeply spiritual women and men chose to live a life of simplicity, following gospel values which reflected the true nature of Christianity. Mystical movements flourished, and some of the great Western mystics came to the fore, instilling a sense of purpose and meaning into the troubled lives of ordinary people. One of these leading figures, Jan van Ruusbroec, a profound thinker and a dedicated pastor, is renowned for his deep insight into the mystery of the Trinity. In this new millennium the perennial truths of this central mystery, which is at the heart of Christianity, are needed more than ever in our secularised society. Jan van Ruusbroec is a mystic for our own time, and his writings bring illumination, comfort and joy to a society which for the most part has neglected the inner life.