The 12 Mystics

January: Mary Magdalene (1st century CE)

Trust Your Heart

Mary Magdalene’s resurgence in popularity catapults her to the center of feminist issues within today’s church. Misrepresented as a prostitute for centuries, she is reclaiming her rightful place as one of Jesus’ most important and beloved disciples. Explore the mysterious woman known as “apostle to the apostles” through art, music and the groundbreaking Gospel of Mary.

February: Hildegard of Bingen (1098 - 1179)

Sing Loud and Be Unruly

Hildegard of Bingen is a German Benedictine abbess, painter, and botanist whose ten books span subjects from medicine to geology to visionary theology. A true polymath renaissance woman, Hildegard is one of the best-known and most-recorded composers of sacred music in history. Experience a smorgasbord of Hildegard’s compositions and let them transform you.

March: Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226)

Become An Instrument of Peace

Francis of Assisi is the founder of the Franciscans, passionate lover of creation, humble stigmatic, and arguably history’s most influential mystic since Christ. At the height of medieval feudalism, Francis traded gluttonous consumption for the deep quietude of God’s penetrating love. Let “God’s troubadour” reawaken you to the sheer beauty of your life.

April: Ignatius of Loyola (1491 - 1556)

Find God in All Things

Ignatius of Loyola is the founder of the Jesuits and creator of the Spiritual Exercises, a carefully designed framework of imaginative prayer that guides seekers in making wise life decisions. Discover this vivid and pragmatic form of meditation so you can develop clarity and find internal freedom to respond to your life’s purpose.

May: Teresa of Avila (1515 - 1582)

Stand Tall in Your Conviction

Teresa of Avila is a courageous, tireless reformer of the Church. She managed to slip out of the hands of the Inquisition while writing four books and founding seventeen Carmelite convents. Together, we’ll explore The Interior Castle, Teresa’s guidebook of the stages of spiritual development towards the soul’s final union with God.

June: John of The Cross (1542 - 1591)

You Are Never Alone

John of The Cross, a Carmelite monk, speaks to weary seekers who feel forgotten by their Maker. He wrote his poetic masterpiece, Dark Night of The Soul on a napkin while imprisoned and tortured in a tiny latrine. Discover how to transform even your most painful trials into an ecstatic experience of personal growth.

July: Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980)

Speak Up For The Voiceless

Oscar Romero was archbishop of El Salvador during the civil war that ravaged the country during the 1980s. He speaks out against injustice, assassinations, and poverty perpetuated by growing conflict. Romero was tragically murdered by the military while celebrating mass. Together we’ll explore visionary leadership and social justice in our increasingly divided world.

August: Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Your Life is A Legacy of Light

Thomas Merton lived a dionysian lifestyle before plunging into the austere environment of a Trappist monastery. His prolific writings shed light on non-violence, civil rights, and East-West spiritual encounters. Arguably one of the most influential American authors of the 20th century, Merton shows us that with all our flaws, struggles and contradictions– we are still holy.

September: Teilhard de Chardin (1881 - 1955)

Love Is The Answer

Teilhard de Chardin is a Jesuit priest and paleontologist devoted to bridging science and religion. Forbidden to publish his controversial theory on the evolutionary cycle of consciousness, he was banished to work on the Peking Man expeditions in China. Dive into Chardin’s wave-making philosophical writings and trace the evolution of that most primal mystical force: love.

October: Ilia Delio (1958 - )

Today is Shaping Your Future

Ilia Delio is a doctor of pharmacology and historical theology. Profound mystical visions during her brief time as a nun in a monastic community inspired Delio’s innovative research on neuroscience in the context of the divine. Together, we’ll investigate the impact of technology, artificial intelligence, and the environmental crisis on human life today.

November: Clarissa Pinkola Estes (1945 - )

Reclaim Your Inner Wilderness

Clarissa Pinkola Estes is a spellbinding storyteller, Jungian analyst, and doctor of multicultural studies and clinical psychology. Her bestselling work, Women Who Run With The Wolves draws inspiration from her mixed Native American, Hungarian and Latina heritage. You’re invited to ignite your inner fire and embrace the unfettered, fierce warrior that you are.

December: Jesus of Nazareth (4 BC - 34 AD)

Love One Another

The historical Jesus of Nazareth unwittingly launches a paradigm-shattering spiritual revolution. Drawing on his ancestral roots, this Jewish peasant is a savvy and courageous social renegade who preaches a message of radical egalitarianism. Jesus principally teaches through parables that challenged the social rules around gender, class and institutional power. His unorthodox message is seen as rebellious by Jewish authorities and the Roman Empire alike. He is crucified for his claims that compassion and justice trump imperial rule.

The Jesus we know from the bible is shaped by his community of followers after his death. Christians are enthralled by the profound wisdom of Jesus, and “fill in” stories and teachings that are passed down through the centuries. Remarkably, the canonical Jesus has become synonymous with the creative fabric of the universe itself, called the Christ. The historical Jesus and the Cosmic Christ are fused in our collective memory.

You are invited on a soul quest this Advent season. Explore the rich and resonant words of Jesus’s sermon on the mount from the vantage point of mysticism. The 8 Beatitudes are the blueprint that guide you through the stages of illumination towards a genuinely cosmic-sized Christ. Join us and let this stirring experience transform you.