Ruether, Rosemary. Visionary Women Three Medieval Mystics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002. (vii-5)
Preface and Three Medieval Mystics-This reading was an introduction on what we are about to start reading and learning about. It talked about some of the different women and also about their mystical experiences.
McGinn, Bernard. The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism. New York: Modern Library, 2006.(xiii-xviii)
Christian Mysticism Intro-After reading The introduction of Christian Mysticism I had a better understanding of what actually was mysticism. It explained the different kinds of mysticism as well which was very helpful for me.
Norbert and Early Norbertine Spirituality. (1-15, 175-191)
Into to Norbert & Early Norbertine Spirituality – Before this reading, I had no idea about the background of Norbert. It gave me a better understanding of how he actually was as a person. I feel as if we should all know a little bit about Norbert, since the college we attend is named after him.
Norbert & Early Norbertine Spirituality-This reading went in more depth about Norbert’s visions and how he feels we should live our life. It is some very useful information not only for class but also in life as well.
McGinn, Bernard. The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism. New York: Modern Library, 2006. (27-34, 102-104, 331-335)
Bernard of Clairvaux- In this reading Bernard describes a bunch of different rooms, hes trying to compare all the different rooms to all of the different verses in the bible. Each room( section in the bible) has a different style and message for us to understand.
Hadewijch of Antwerp- In these few short pages Hadewijch’s explains to us her experience with the Holy Spirit. She goes into great detail and explains what had occurred in erotic language . I found this interesting since all these women were celibate at the time.
Hildegard of Bingen as Visionary -After this reading you get a better understanding on what Hildegard had to go through in order for her to get her works approved by the higher authority. She stood up for what she thought was right and was willing to die for that as well. She was a very powerful and influential lady back then, a lot of people looked up to her.
Ruether, Rosemary. Visionary Women Three Medieval Mystics. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2002. (6-29)
Hildegard of Bingen -This reading explains on what Hildegard had to go through to got her work noticed. She stood up for what she thought was right and eventually led to her having a meeting with the pope who gave her permission for her ideas and visions.