Love Is Stronger Than Death
The Mystical Union of Two Souls
This is a love story like no other. It describes the incandescent
relationship between two hermits--a seventy-year-old monk and a fifty-year-old woman
Episcopal priest and medieval scholar--who met at a Trappist monastery in Snowmass,
Colorado. Both had studied Western esoteric traditions and believed it was possible for
two souls to work and grow together "from here to eternity."
Brother Raphael Robin and Cynthia Bourgeault had three tempestuous and intense years together
learning what it means to truly love someone, and then Rafe had a heart attack and died.
Cynthia was urged to let him rest in peace (as we all are on the death of a loved one)
but she trusted the invincible certainty of her heart. Several years later, Cynthia remains
fully in touch with Rafe, believing that whatever he may be doing in the beyond affects her,
and that what she does here affects him.
Cynthia Bourgeault's writing is robust and clear-eyed, and it shines. Her book is the story
of what happened both before and after Rafe's death, as well as a guidebook for others called
to the path of conscious love.