Discourses on the State and Grandeurs of Jesus: The Ineffable Union of the Deity with Humanity
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
Sales Date: 2023-11-30
Published: November 2023
Series: Early Modern Catholic Sources
Page Count: 368 Pages
Dimensions: 6.30 x 9.30
368 Pages, 6.30 x 9.30 x 1.30 in
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In contrast to other spiritual writers who taught that mystical union with God follows the extinction of all sensory and conceptual awareness and all activity of willing, Bérulle's focus is on the faithful soul's participation in what he calls Jesus' "states," or inner dispositions. The state that Bérulle describes and honors supremely in this text is Jesus' state of self-emptying in the mystery of the Incarnation. In the hypostatic union, our humanity in Christ is lifted up to heaven, and Christ is the first fruit of humanity-made-divine, the "firstborn among many brothers." Through him we become children of God by adoption, participants in God's divine being.
This is an outstanding translation, conveying not only the meaning but also the beauty and rhetorical features of the original. The Discourses will repay reading as a poignant source of personal devotion, a primary text of the Catholic Reformation, and a classic of spiritual theology.