Elements of the Carmelite tradition provide the basis for developing a contemplative prayer stance in today’s world. This book, composed of talks given by Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm. to various audiences, provides thoughts for reflection and practical advice for confronting the challenges of prayer and “reading the signs of the times” through a Carmelite lens of hope, faith and love.
Tags: Contemplation, Carmelite Rule, Light in the Darkness, St Thérèse of Liseaux, Obedience, The Scapular, Mendicant, Meditation, Carmelite Prayer, Vocations, Spirituality, Formation, Justice and Peace. Mission, Into the Castel, Prophet, Devotion.
Historian Joachim Smet, O. Carm. offers a glimpse into Carmelite women’s monastic life that spans centuries and continents. Beginning with the affiliation of various individuals and groups, his book takes the reader on a journey through the formation of the first formal monasteries to the successes and struggles of subsequent groups, to the founding of other monasteries beyond European boundaries. Photographs and references complete his account of these cloistered members of the Carmelite family. (Second printing: 2011)
In this first installment, Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm., describes the lives of sixteen members of the Carmelite family who lived notably saintly lives. These biographies include laity, such as Bl. Isidore Bakanja and Annie Zelikova, TOC; foundresses of congregations, such as Madre Elisea Maria Oliver, O. Carm. and Ven. Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O. Carm.; and friars, such as Bl. Hilary Januszewski, O. Carm., and Bl. Angelo Paoli, O. Carm.
The Scapular Devotion, Isidor Bakanja, member, scapular confraternity, Carmel in France, Jacques Retouret, Guillotine, martyr, Martinien Pannetier, Agnes Bernard, Thérèse Thiac, Hilary Januszewski, Liberata Ferrarons, Spanish Civil War, Catalonia, Angel Prat, Cloistered Carmel, Maria Badia, St. Joseph, mission, Angelo Paoli, Lay Carmelite, Mariangela Virgili, Hermit, Jerome Terzo, Moravia, Annie Zelikova, Tertiary, Mother Candelaria, Maria Carolina Scampone, Elisea Maria Oliver, Orihuela, sisters, Angeline Teresa, Mystic, mother, wife, Carmen de Sojo
(Second printing: 2004)
Former Prior General Killian Healy, O. Carm., offers some profound reflections on one of the most important figures in Carmelite spirituality, the prophet Elijah. Using the Scriptural texts as a foundation, Fr. Healy incorporates sources of the Carmelite tradition, including the writings of the saints and works of art, to confront contemporary spiritual challenges with a Carmelite perspective.
All three of the world’s great monotheistic religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – venerate the Profet of Fire.
For Jews, Elijah is the forerunner of the Messiah, a messenger between heaven and earth, the rebuilder of God’s chosen people. In the Gospels Elijah appears along with Moses during the transfiguration and bears witness to the Lordship of Jesus. For Muslims, we live because Elijah is alive. For all the paragon of fidelity to God.
In Profet of Fire Father Kilian Healy, former Prior General of the Carmelite Order, presents the perennial challange of Elijah: If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.
Modern man – and woman – prefers to straddle the issues. Like Israel of old we do not want to commit ourselves too deeply: we proclaim the principle of peace and justice but promote indiscriminate consumption; we proclame fundamental equality for all but insist on personal and national privilege; we proclaim the primacy of the spirit but reject discipline.
Elijah still calls on the servants of the Most high to throw down their idols and to return to the worship of the One God: If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him. The Baals of consumerism and reckless self-interest may be less recognizable than the old idols, but they are even more insidious in misleading the Paople of God.
Profet of Fire challanges us to stand up and be counted.
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(Fourth printing: 2010)
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