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The Doctors of the Church: Women (7 vols.)


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The Doctors of the Church are the most reliable and authoritative teachers of the Faith for all Christians (not just Catholics). The Catholic Church, to date, has named 36 men and women as Doctors of the Church. “Doctor” essentially means teacher and each of the Doctors is noteworthy for their outstanding, clear teaching of the Faith, as well as their holiness. These seven volumes represent significant selections from the four Women Doctors of the Church: St. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1379), St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582), and St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897). No library should be without this essential set of resources!

  • Title: Doctors of the Church: Women
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 1,678
  • Christian Group: Catholic
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In Verbum, these works become the backbone of any study of the Christian faith. Links to the patristic writings of the Early Church Fathers will bring you right to the source—to the very quote—allowing you to see instant context. Footnotes appear on mouseover, as well as references to Scripture and extra-biblical material in your library, and you can perform near-instant searches across these volumes, searching for references to keywords or Scripture passages.

Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias

  • Author: Hildegard of Bingen
  • Translators: Columba Hart and Jane Bishop
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1990
  • Pages: 576

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This work contains the 26 visions of Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179), who was the first of the great German mystics, as well as a poet and a prophet, a physician, and a political moralist. Readers will be able to find parallels between Hildegard and other prominent mystics as well as better understand their own walk of faith.

Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic

  • Translator: Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook
  • Series: Skylight Illuminations
  • Publisher: Skylight Paths
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 240

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Hildegard of Bingen—visionary, abbess, composer, dramatist, poet and healer—was the brilliant and passionate precursor of many of the great women mystics of the Middle Ages. Her body of work is unusually expansive in terms of genre and subject matter for any theologian of her time, and includes powerful descriptions of her visions, advice to influential nobles and royalty, theological correspondence with fellow monastics, liturgical songs, and medical and scientific works.

Hildegard’s strong personality and vivid spiritual experiences still speak to readers within the church as well as those who are not formally religious but who have an interest in mysticism, the spiritual life, and feminist and eco-spiritualities, or who are drawn to Hildegard through the arts, particularly her music.

This unique introduction to Hildegard’s world and writings presents a wide range of her texts grouped by theme, providing a deeper understanding of this influential spiritual figure than those found in single-themed collections. Insightful and instructive annotations provide historical background and place selections within the wider context of Hildegard’s understanding of the spiritual life and the natural world.

A lively, faithful and widely accessible translation for which those familiar with the visionary’s work will be grateful and which will invite new readers into an amazing body of luminous mystical wisdom.

—Elizabeth Drescher, PhD, author, Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones

Well-chosen thematic selections. . . [The] introduction and concise annotations provide just enough historical background for any reader who desires to hear Hildegard’s voice as a fresh and inspiring testimony to the Living Light.

—Arthur Holder, PhD, professor of Christian spirituality and dean, Graduate Theological Union

Splendid. . . Each page overflows with faith and beauty, hope and love, as well as illuminating insights.

—Mary Ford-Grabowsky, author, Spiritual Writings on Mary: Annotated & Explained; featured on the BBC CD Hildegard von Bingen in Portrait

A rich overview of Hildegard’s wide-ranging work. . . reveal[s] the depth and subtlety of her insight.

—Carl McColman, author, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Befriending Silence

Dr. Sheryl A. Kujawa-Holbrook, an Episcopal priest, is a popular teacher, speaker and retreat leader on topics related to Christian spirituality, mysticism, social activism and interreligious encounter. A professor of practical theology at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont Lincoln University, and professor of Anglican studies at Bloy House, the Episcopal Theological School at Claremont, she is author of Hildegard of Bingen: Essential Writings and Chants of a Christian Mystic—Annotated & Explained and Pilgrimage—The Sacred Art: Journey to the Center of the Heart, among other books.

Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle

  • Author: Teresa of Avila
  • Editor: Kieran Kavanaugh
  • Translators: Kieran Kavanaugh and Otilio Rodriguez
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1979
  • Pages: 256

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Teresa (1515–1582), a Spanish mystic, is considered to be one of the most profound spiritual teachers in the history of Christianity. The Interior Castle is Teresa’s masterpiece. This volume provides readers with opportunity to gain a first-hand understanding of her influeential writing and will prove to be impactful both for those seeking to research her teaching and for personal devotion.

The Story of a Soul, with Letters

  • Author: Thérèse of Lisieux
  • Editor: T. N. Taylor
  • Publisher: Burns & Oates
  • Publication Date: 1912
  • Pages: 428

Story of a Soul is the spiritual autobiography of St. Thèrése of Liseaux. Beginning with her childhood longing for the ascetic life, St. Thèrése documents the life circumstances that led her to the Carmelite tradition and her subsequent spiritual journey. Much like St. John of the Cross, St. Thèrése describes a period of prolonged darkness over her soul. Her story is one of victory and nearness to Jesus, but her spiritual journey through life was far from easy. St. Thèrése died at the early age of twenty-four and was canonized in 1914, only seventeen years after her death. Be encouraged by the story of this young saint and learn from her example of simple devotion to Jesus.

Catherine of Siena: The Dialogue

  • Author: Catherine of Siena
  • Translator: Suzanne Noffke
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Publication Date: 1988
  • Pages: 416

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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380), mystic and doctor of the Roman Church, wrote The Dialogue, her crowning spiritual work, for “the instruction and encouragement of all those whose spiritual welfare was her concern.” Her words still have a deep effect on all who read them. Learn from her example and instruction with this heartfelt and intellectually challenging volume.

The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology

  • Author: Matthew Levering
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 168

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The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology introduces Catholic doctrine through the crucible of the women mystics’ reception of the gospel. The work of the great women theologians of the Church’s second millennium has too often been neglected—or relegated to the category of “mysticism”—in textbooks on Catholic doctrine. This is a shame, because their work shows the interior conjunction of liturgical experience, scriptural exegesis, philosophical reflection, and doctrinal and creedal formulation.

Women theologians in this book include Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, Simone Weil and others. Drawing on their work, Matthew Levering presents the tenets of Catholic faith in a clear and accessible manner, useful for introductory courses as well as for students and scholars interested in the contributions of women to Catholic theology.

The ‘feminine genius’ is a popular phrase in theological parlance but it is rarely given much content. Matthew Levering has managed not only to give it content, but to explain the basic themes in Catholic theology with reference to the contributions of great female saints and theologians. The Feminine Genius of Catholic Theology should be on the reading lists of all Catholic schools and Liberal Arts Colleges.

—Tracey Rowland, dean, John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia

[Levering] knows his sources really well, and shows real skill in laying out their ideas . . . he has produced a book on the ‘feminine genius’ of Catholic women, and it is nice to have their contribution to theology acknowledged so generously.

Church Times

Matthew Levering earned a PhD from Boston College and is currently professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. He is the author of Ezra & Nehemiah in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible (19 vols.) series, and coauthor of Holy People, Holy Land and Knowing the Love of Christ.

Treatise on Consummate Perfection

  • Author: St. Catherine of Siena
  • Translator: Augusta Theodosia Drane
  • Publisher: Longmans, Green & Co.
  • Publication Date: 1899
  • Pages: 10

Together with St. Francis of Assisi, Catherine of Siena is one of the two patron saints of Italy. Of her extant writings, her Dialogue, an abundant number of letters, and a series of prayers, are well known. This smaller work, Treatise on Consummate Perfection, is also attributed to Catherine, and is also written in the form of a brief Dialogue.

Augusta Theodosia Drane (1823–1894) wrote numerous books of prose and poetry, including The History of Saint Dominic, The Life of St Catherine of Siena, The Knights of St John and Songs in the Night and Other Poems.


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