“Heaven Opens”: an introduction to Adrienne von Speyr

“Heaven Opens”: an introduction to Adrienne von Speyr

Interview with Dr. Matthew Lewis Sutton

 

Adrienne von Speyr was one of the most important mystical theologians of the last century, heralded by figures like John Paul II and T.S. Eliot. However, her work has been eclipsed in many ways by her personal connection to Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. Heaven Opens: The Trinitarian Mysticism of Adrienne von Speyr provides one of the first comprehensive accounts of von Speyr's theology, one that truly allows us to be "strengthened and exhilarated by a new experience of Christian sensibility." (T.S. Eliot)

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Does God Desire a New Pope?

Does God Desire a New Pope?

by Matthew Lewis Sutton, PhD   March 12, 2013

As we experience the interregnum of the Office of St. Peter, and the opening of the Conclave set to elect its 265th successor, let us ask ourselves again if, and why God desires a new pope for his people. The theologian and Cardinal Hans Urs von Balthasar offers in this regards a precious and luminous contribution . . .

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Adrienne von Speyr: a Mystic for Today

Adrienne von Speyr: a Mystic for Today

by Dr. Matthew Sutton          September 14, 2012

Mysticism, spirituality. Reading time: 4 min.

 
On September 17, 1967, forty-five years ago, the Swiss Catholic physician and mystic, Adrienne von Speyr, died. Her life as a married woman with two step-children, as a gifted medical physician, and as a spiritual writer of many books has inspired many people to deepen their mission of prayer and compassion. Dr. Matthew Sutton, from St. John's University, is the author of a doctoral dissertation on Adrienne von Speyr. He shares with us his theological and personal encounter with the Swiss mystic.
 

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