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Books by Suzanne Nofke, OP
(Alphabetic order) with other
authors where noted
of Siena (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
Suzanne Nofke, OP
This is the crowning spiritual work of the only woman other than
Teresa of Avila to be granted the title of Doctor of the Roman Catholic
Church. This volume was simply called "my book" by the
fourteenth-century Italian saint. The aim of her book (one of the
first books to see print in Spain, Germany, Italy, and England),
says Dr. Noffke in her Foreword, was "the instruction and encouragement
of all those whose spiritual welfare was her concern." Catherine
was "a mystic whose plunge into God plunged her deep into the
affairs of society, Church and the souls who came under her influence."
Professor Noffke goes on to call The Dialogue "a great tapestry
to which Catherine adds stitch upon stitch until she is satisfied
that she has communicated all she can of what she has learned of
the way of God." In this, the sixth centenary of the great
Dominican's death, we live in a time so badly in need of her sense
of institutional reform as flowing from Divine truth, love and charity.
Dr. Noffke says: "In the opening pages of The Dialogue Catherine
presents a series of questions or petitions to God the Father each
of which receives a response and amplification. There is the magnificent
symbolic portrayal of Christ as the bridge. There are specific discussions
of discernment, tears (true and false spiritual emotion), truth,
the sacramental heart ('mystic body') of the Church, divine providence,
obedience…. It is not so much a treatise to be read as it
is a conversation to be entered into with earnest leisure and leisurely
Suzanne Noffke, OP has been researching, translating,
and interpreting the works of Catherine of Siena since 1976. Her
publications include annotated translations of Catherine’s
Dialogue, Prayers, and to date three volumes of her Letters
as well as a book of essays, Catherine of Siena: Vision Through
a Distant Eye.
Prayers of Catherine of Siena
Suzanne Nofke, OP
The collected prayers of Catherine of Siena provide a uniquely intimate
point of access to the spirituality and theology of this fourteenth-century
Italian mystic and reformer. Here we are allowed to “sit in
on” and learn from the spontaneous prayer of one who was amazingly
honest before her God and in the face of the people and situations
she encountered in her daily life. The prayers are rendered in “sense
lines” to facilitate meditative reading.
new edition of the only complete English translation of Catherine’s
Prayers brings fresh insight through expanded annotation, relating
the content of the prayers particularly to the broader contexts
of her thought. The translation is based on the critical edition
of the original by Giuliana Cavallini.
Catherine of Siena:
Vision Through a Distant Eye Suzanne Noffke, OP
A book of essays on the theology and spirituality
of Catherine of Siena, Catherine
of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye (originally published
by Liturgical Press in 1996) has been out of print for several
years now. Author Suzanne Nofke, OP (Racine) has recently had
it republished on iUniverse.com.
Suzanne Noffke, OP has been researching,
translating, and interpreting the works of Catherine of Siena
since 1976. Her publications include annotated translations of
Catherine’s Dialogue, Prayers, and to date three
volumes of her Letters as well as a book of essays, Catherine
of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye.
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