AUGUST 20, 2017
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Seraphicum: New Dictionary of Mysticism

On the afternoon of April 6, 2017, a meeting was held at the Seraphicum library, in Rome, to present The New Dictionary of Mysticism, edited by Luigi BORRIELLO, Edmondo CARUANA, Maria Rosaria GENIO and Raffaele DI MURO and published by Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

The meeting was moderated by Friar Germano SCAGLIONI, OFM Conv., Vice Dean of the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure (Seraphicum).  The curators of the Dictionary explained the features of this work before a large audience.
The volume is 2240 pages long with about 800 entries contributed by almost 260 Italian and foreign scholars, offering the reader a rich overview on mysticism. Despite its size, the work is easily accessible due to its fluid style and valuable “tips for a systematic reading.”
"Mysticism,” reports Friar Germano SCAGLIONI, “is now coming back to the mainstream. Insiders know that for some time the mysticism has been marginalized, suffering from a form of ostracism caused in part by secularist prejudice. We all hope that those times have passed and that mysticism might reconquer its rightful place in the Christian experience and in theological reflection.”
Raffaele DI MURO, one of the editors of the volume and a professor of spiritual theology, points out that, “Man fully realizes the mystical life: he experiences the objective, ineffable presence of the living God, he reaches out to experience a communion of love with him and to have understanding, of what is possible in human nature and in the divine mysteries. The Creator is revealed to the creature and the creature enters into the mystery of His love for humanity and receives inner joy and peace, leading him to eternal bliss.” 

Elisabetta LO IACONO, Head of the Seraphicum Press Office 
Photo: Friar Franciszek CZARNOWSKI, OFM Conv.

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