|Notes||Throughout history, individuals have sometimes experienced profound spiritual longings. Facing uncharted territory, they mapped new terrain in their search for intimacy with God. We call them Pioneers of the Spirit. Each biographical profile in this series weaves together excerpts from the personal writings of the individual, dramatic artwork, expert commentary, and a compelling narration focusing on the relevance of each pioneer to contemporary times. Today, with a renewed interest in spirituality, we can benefit enormously from these Pioneers of the Spirit who offer encouragement to every earnest seeker.
This program looks at Julian of Norwich, recognized today as one of 14th century England's most compelling mystics. A contemporary of Chaucer and survivor of the black plague, Julian received sixteen startling images of the crucified Christ that forever changed her life. Her descriptions of her visions in "Revelations of Divine Love" have given birth to enduring images of God's nurturing and familial love that continue to inspire seekers today.
This series also covers:
Augustine of Hippo -- a brilliant 4th-century theologian and prolific writer.
Teresa of Avila -- one of the most colorful mystics of the Medieval period.
Hildegard of Bingen -- a German nun and abbess, she was also an intellectual, writer, composer, and artist.
Dante Aligheri -- a poet whose best known work is "The Divine Comedy."
Ignatius Loyola -- he founded the Society of Jesus, which eventually received papal approval and is still active in education and missions.
William Blake -- his ability to tap the depths of Biblical imagery remains a gift to the ages.