Life of the Servant
The Life of the Servant is one of the world's greatest religious biographies. It is the work of a saint - one of that remarkable trio of 14th century German mystics, of whom the others were Eckhardt and Tauler -...
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The Life of the Servant is one of the world's greatest religious biographies. It is the work of a saint - one of that remarkable trio of 14th century German mystics, of whom the others were Eckhardt and Tauler - who was also a poet. The book was never intended for publication, and owes its preservation to an accident. What Suso confided to his 'spiritual daughter' was meant for her ears alone. In order to console a highly gifted woman in the acute sufferings that preceded her death he unfolded his own hidden life. The value of the book lies in its remarkable simplicity coupled with its unsurpassed poetic beauty. The translation by James Clark, late Professor of German at Glasgow University, brings out both the beauty and the meaning of this classic.
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.
Clark is formerly Professor of German in the University of Glasgow.
- Translator's Preface Part One Prologue Of The Divine Impression I. Of The First Trials Of A Beginner Ii. Of The Supernatural Ecstasy Which Befell Him Iii. How He Married Eternal Wisdom In A Spiritual Manner Iv. How He Wrote The Beloved Name Of Jesus On His Heart V. Of The Prelude Of Divine Consolation By Which God Encourages Many Beginners Vi. Of Various Visions Vii. The Rules He Observed At Table Viii. How He Celebrated New Year Ix. Of The Words 'lift Up Your Hearts' X. How He Celebrated Candlemas Xi. How He Observed Lent Xii. How He Celebrated May Day Xiii. Of The Sorrowful Way Of The Cross, Which He Walked With Christ When He Was Led To His Death Xiv. Of The Useful Virtue That Is Known As Silence Xv. Of The Mortification Of The Flesh Xvi. Of The Sharp Cross That He Carried On His Back Xvii. Of His Bed Xviii. How He Broke Off The Habit Of Drinking Xix. How He Was Led To The Spiritual School And Instructed In The Knowledge Of The True Self-surrender Xx. Of The Painful Descent Xxi. Of Inner Sufferings Xxii. How He Set Out To Bring Wholesome Help To His Neighbours Xxiii. Of Manifold Sufferings Xxiv. Of The Great Sorrow That Came To Him Through His Own Sister Xxv. Of The Deep Sorrow That Once Came Upon Him Through One Of His Companions Xxvi. Of The Murderer Xxvii. In Perils Of Waters Xxviii. Of A Short Respite That God Once Vouchsafed To Him Xxix. Of A Loving Account That He Once Settled With God Xxx. How He Once Came Near To Death In His Sufferings Xxxi. How A Man Should Offer Up His Sufferings In A Praiseworthy Manner To God Xxxii. How God In This World Compensates A Suffering Man For His Suffering Part Two Xxxiii. Of The Servant's Spiritual Daughter Xxxiv. Of The First Steps Of A Beginner Xxxv. Of The First Examples And Teachings For A Beginner, And The Need For Moderation In Austerities Xxxvi. Of The Childlike Devotion Of A Beginner In Religion Xxxvii. How He Drew Dissolute Persons To God, And Comforted The Suffering Xxxviii. Of A Sore Affliction That Befell Him About This Time Xxxix. Of Inner Suffering Xl. What Sufferings Are The Most Useful To Man And The Most Praiseworthy To God Xli. How He Drew Some Loving Hearts From Earthly Love To Divine Love Xlii. Of Certain Suffering Persons Who Were Attached To The Servant With Particular Affection Xliii. How Christ Appeared To Him In The Shape Of A Seraph, And Taught Him How To Suffer Xliv. How Firmly He Must Contend Who Would Win The Spiritual Prize Xlv. Of The Beloved Name Of Jesus Epilogue