When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic

When the Lion Roars: A Primer for the Unsuspecting Mystic


Author: Stephen J Rossetti
Publisher: Ave Maria
ISBN: 9780877939856
Format: Paperback
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Awaken to the sound of God’s voice and take up the journey to a rich and full life.How can I open myself to awareness? What if I have encountered God in some profound way? Which experiences are from God and which are of my own making? Are there right and wrong ways to pray? What about my ordinary life in the everyday world? “Mystics are not part of a small elite society…. Rather, they are people who have come to experience the intense, personal desire God has to share himself with us.” In this lively guide, Steven Rossetti reminds us that becoming a mystic is not a matter of learning some “mystical secret,” but of entering into the divine simplicity of God’s unbounded and unrestrained love. This invitation is for all of us. In a series of practical, readable chapters, Rossetti addresses the many questions and concerns that arise on the path to deeper prayer. He draws carefully from the wisdom of scripture and uses his broad knowledge of mystical writers, from the Desert Fathers to Therese of Lisieux, to guide us on a road we may never have expected to take. Writing from his own experience of prayer and from his expertise as a spiritual director and therapist, he helps us arrive at a deeper understanding of ourselves as wounded and sinful people who are nevertheless caught up in the transforming love of God.

“A reliable little guide.”

“A reliable little guide for the budding mystic, describing both the delights and the dangers of the path. Classical wisdom from the mystics in enhanced by Fr. Rossetti’s insights as a psychologist.”

Rev. William McNamara, O.C.D.


Msgr. Stephen J. Rossetti, a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, served for many years at Saint Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he became president and CEO. A priest of the Diocese of Syracuse, he previously served in two diocesan parishes. He is a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in psychology from Boston College and a doctor of ministry from the Catholic University of America. He is the author of scores of articles and several books, including Born of the EucharistThe Joy of Priesthood—recipient of a Catholic Press Association book award—and When the Lion Roars, and he is editor of Behold Your Mother.


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