Studies in Spirituality

Since its initiation in 1991, Studies in Spirituality has become a crucial international voice in the study of spirituality. The journal is published annually by the Titus Brandsma Institute.

The purpose of Studies in Spirituality is to publish academic and specialist articles on spirituality and mysticism, and thus promote spirituality as an academic discipline with a specific object and methodology – a discipline in continuous dialogue with other sciences that may assist in clarifying questions and problems in spirituality.

Since spirituality needs a multi-disciplinary approach, Studies in Spirituality covers a wide spectrum: theoretical questions about spirituality and mysticism; fundamental aspects and phenomena of spiritual transformation; important currents, periods and figures in the different spiritual traditions. The focus is on Judeo-Christian traditions mainly, although not exclusively.

Studies in Spirituality Supplements

The aim of this series is to provide an opportunity for publication of more substantial works of monograph length and collective works on particular themes. Supplements are published in a frequency of about one volume a year

Look here for an overview of all supplements.

The most recent supplement is nr. 37: Testimonials to Experience of the Trinity

Studies in Spirituality 32/2022-2023

Studies in Spirituality 32 contains the following articles. An overview of the summaries is to be found here. (docx, 34 kB)

Editorial – In memoriam Prof. Dr. Em. Kees Waaijman o.carm (1942–2023)

Rossano Zas Friz de Col
Experience and Transformation in the Christian Lived Experience – An Interpretation

Macario Ofilada Mina
Religatio as Process of Projection of Spirituality – The Act as Happening in Modality

Christoph Jedan
Death, Spirituality, and a New Contextualised Model of Consolation

Jane Foulcher
Marguerite Porete, Annihilation and Trauma – Some Cautions

Markus Riedenauer
Krise des Unverfügbaren – Zur spirituellen Relevanz von Hartmut Rosas Resonanztheorie

Diego Fonti & Rodrigo Baudagna
The Moth and the Fire – A Reappraisal of Levinas’ Thought on Mysticism and Suffering

Inigo Bocken
Mystical Not-Knowing as a School of Thought

Francesco Zannini
The Process of Islamization of Asia and the Role of Sufism

Robin Moens
In Christi charitate diligere studebat – The Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century Mulieres Religiosae and Charity: a Secret Love?

Huguette Huyghe
The Rule of St. Birgitta of Vadstena – A Dynamic-Structural Analysis

M. Catharina Al
Language as a Unifier in Catherine of Siena’s Mystic Works

Krijn Pansters
Spirituality as Process – Four Dimensions of Following Christ in The Imitation of Christ

Ad Poirters
Liturgical Sources in De Imitatione Christi

Chloe Lynch
‘A Friend Even Though He is Lord’ – Teresa of Avila and the Soul’s Relationship with God

Benedict Shoup
John of the Cross’s Spiritual Senses Revisited – A Study in the Epistemology and the Interpersonal Dynamics of Spiritual Sensation in St. John of the Cross

Peter Puleo
Neque Nihil – Annihilation in Benet of Canfield’s Rule of Perfection

Roman Gruijters
François de Sales’, Père Joseph’s, and Jeanne de Chantal’s Understanding of la sainte indifference – Indifference as a Mystical Virtue and a Christian Way of Life

Michael Plekon
Merton: Stranger or at Home – Alternations and a Vision

Essays on Books

Book Notices

On the Authors

Editorial Board

Titus Brandsma Institute Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. I.M.K. Bocken
Prof. Dr. M.A.B.M. De Kesel
Prof. Dr. T. Quartier

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. C. Bellitto, Kean University Union (NJ)

Prof. Dr. A. Cacciotti, Pontifical University Antonianum Rome

Prof. Dr. K. Egan, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame (Em.)

Prof. Dr. R. Elior, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Em.)

Prof. Dr. R. Faesen, Catholic University (KU) Leuven

Prof. Dr. J. Geldhof, Catholic University (KU) Leuven

Prof. Dr. C. Kourie, University of South Africa Johannesburg (Em.)

Dr. J. Markey, Oblate School of Theology San Antonio

Prof. Dr. B. McGinn, University of Chicago (Em.)

Dr. R. Ponce, Institute of Spirituality in Asia Quezon City

Prof. Dr. S. Schneiders, Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley (Em.)

Prof. Dr. P. Sheldrake, Cambridge Theological Federation

Prof. Dr. P. De Villiers, University of the Free State South Africa

Prof. Dr. R. Zas Friz De Col, Santa Clara University Berkeley


Studies in Spirituality
Att. Wendy Litjens
Titus Brandsma Institute
Erasmusplein 1
NL-6525 HT  Nijmegen

Note to contributors

Please send an electronic version of your manuscript to the editorial secretary:
Mrs. W.M. Litjens
Titus Brandsma Institute

The deadline for incoming articles for the next volume (33/2024) is February 1., 2024.

Please, read our Editorial Guidelines (pdf, 250 kB) before sending your manuscript.