Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

"Kommt, Um Die Liebe Zu Lieben. " Maria Magdalena Von Pazzi

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

"Kommt, Um Die Liebe Zu Lieben. " Maria Magdalena Von Pazzi

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"Kommt, um die Liebe zu lieben. " Maria Magdalena von Pazzi. Edited by Michael Plattig and Edeltraud Klueting. [Karmel Paperbacks, Vol. 1.] (Münster: Aschendorff Verlag. 2016. Pp. 128, €14,80 paperback. ISBN 978-3-40212100-9.)

This first collected edition of the Karmel Paperbacks was published by the Research Institute of the Carmelite Province of Germany, founded in 2016 in Mainz. In addition to the well-known and well-researched mystical experiences of the saint and mystic Maria Magdalena de' Pazzi (1566-1607), this short study explores the mysticism of the saint through the biographical dimension of this mysticism and de' Pazzi's spiritual development (p. 78).

Although addressing an academic audience, due to its brevity the study is merely an introduction to the life and mystical experience of the saint. Offering references to present-day concerns, the well-written volume manages to inspire its reader intellectually as well as spiritually.

In his first article (pp. 10-47) Plattig examines the life of saints in the social situation of Maria's Florentine home during the Renaissance and also considers changed concepts of piety and mysticism between the medieval period and sixteenth-century ideas of spirituality (p. …

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