Images of Pilgrimage
Paradise and Wilderness in Christian Spirituality
eBook |96 pp
'These meditations – quietly authoritative in tone, unfussy and measured in style – show why Robert Crouse was such an important figure for so many, a touchstone of spiritual and intellectual integrity.'
'A beautiful book.'
'Crouse’s meditations convey the wisdom that comes from dwelling with great souls – pagan, and Christian. He appreciates the nobility and confidence of Homer and the philosophers; but is utterly persuaded that they lack the one thing necessary: the love of God which breathes through Christian authors.'
'Images of pilgrimage inform the consciousness and aspirations of every human culture, from the most primitive to the most sophisticated, in modern as well as in ancient times, in every quarter of the globe. These images belong somehow to the essence of our humanity; they are essential and permanent features of our spiritual landscape. Even if we deny the images, and seek to banish them, and lose ourselves in immediate occupations, still they impinge upon our consciousness, in the sense of emptiness and futility they leave behind them.’
This book collects six addresses on the theme of pilgrimage which were delivered by Robert Crouse, one of the finest contemplative theological minds of our age, to a handful of retreatants at St Augustine’s Monastery, Nova Scotia, more than thirty years ago.