The Death of Magister Aycardus:A Novel about Meister Eckhart
Our Dominican brother, Fr. Michael Demkovich, OP is the author of this absorbing historical novel of Meister Eckhart, a Dominican friar of the 13th century whose spirituality continues to influence those who study his works.
Meister Eckhart is still under suspicion by many but in fact, he was never condemned by the Church. The Dominican Order instituted a formal commission in the 1980?s towards “rehabilitating” Eckhart. In 1992, Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, then Master of the Order, wrote to the Eckhart Society: “‘I wonder whether you know that we tried to have the censure lifted on Eckhart and were told that there was really no need since he had never been condemned by name, just some propositions which he was supposed to have held, and so we are perfectly free to say that he is a good and orthodox theologian.”
Admittedly, some of Meister Eckhart’s writings are difficult to read as orthodox. To read Eckhart correctly requires a through grounding in Philosophy and Theology. Fortunately, Fr. Michael Demkovich, OP, is proficient in both disciplines and our monastic community has benefited greatly from the lectures he has given to us on Meister Eckhart. His novel, The Death of Magister Aycardus, reflects his own contemplative insight.
Michael Thomas-Paul Demkovich, (1954- ) is a Dominican Friar who has written on Spirituality, Theology & Meister Eckhart in journals and books. He holds a Ph.D. and the Pontifical Doctorate, both from the Katholiek Universiteit Leuven. From 1991 to 1996 he taught at the Dominican Studium in St. Louis, MO before becoming the Founding Director of the Dominican Ecclesial Institute (Albuquerque, NM). In 2009 he was named the Gerald Vann Visiting Fellow at Blackfriars, Oxford. In his most recent work, The Death of Magister Aycardus, he captures the history of the period and the reader’s imagination to create interest and suspense. He is the author of Introducing Meister Eckhart (Ligouri, 2006) and A Soul-Centered Life (Liturgical Press, 2010).
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