You Looked at Me: The Spiritual Testimony of Claudine Moine

By Claudine Moine and Gerard Carroll (translator)

Claudine Moine’s autobiographical account of her spiritual development, translated by Reverend Gerard Carroll.

ISBN: 9780227180334


In You Looked At Me, Claudine Moine writes a profound autobiographical account of her own spiritual development. Impacted by her experiences as a refugee from the Thirty Years’ War, Moine relates a detailed narrative of God’s involvement in her life, comprising times of favour, temptation, transverberation and mystical marriage, and the state of darkness that caused her to cease writing.

Illuminated by the translation and collation of Rev. Gerard Carroll, You Looked At Me is a work of extraordinary spiritual and theological richness, offering insights for spiritual seekers and historical researchers alike. It stands in the company of Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love and The Cloud of Unknowing as a crucial text of historical spirituality.

Additional information

Dimensions 234 × 156 mm
Pages 342
Illustrations 4 b&w

About the Author

Claudine Moine, a French dressmaker and a refugee from the Thirty Years War, lived in Paris during the middle years of the seventeenth century.

Rev. Gerard Carroll was a theologian, man of letters, musician and scholar. An Irish Priest, he held degrees from the Lateran University (Rome), Trinity College (Dublin), and London University. He taught and lectured at universities across Europe and America.



First Account: Autobiography
Preliminary Oblation
How God watched over me
I received in my mind a very great light
Three states of my soul
I have scarcely ever received graces except through Holy Communion
My exercises and occupations

Second Account: Deepening
Preliminary Invocation
Spiritual combat
Infused lights
The Holy Sacrament
The Great Darkness

Third Account: Light
Lights on the mysteries of Christ
Lights on the mysteries of God
Effects and value of the divine action

Fourth Action: On Prayer
Three stages of prayer
Familiarity of Jesus Christ with the soul
How God speaks to the soul
What disposes to prayer
Effects of prayer
Excellence of the divine communications
General conclusion

Selected Bibliography


Endorsements and Reviews

Very seldom does one come across any writing, whether of modern or ancient origin, which addresses so well questions relevant to the spiritual vocation in the world, and which so unveils the inner life of one of God’s friends. Beshara Magazine Autumn/Winter 1990

A very substantial introduction and abundant notes enrich this careful translation and help the reader to grasp all the significance of a text now well fast on its way to taking its place among the classcis of spirituality. Pierre Adnès, S.I., in Gregorianum, Vol 72 Fasc. 3, 1991