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)
This fourth and final volume by Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm. recounts the stories of eleven European Carmelites, including St. Edith Stein, OCD, St. George Preca, and Margaret of the Eucharist, TOC, and highlights their contribution to both the Order and the Church. The volume concludes with dedication to Fr. Valabek, who died in 2003.
Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm. returns with thirteen new biographies of holy Carmelites, most of whom lived, worked and prayed in the last two centuries. Carmelites of all ages are included in this volue. Profiles include theologian Fr. Bartolomé M. Xiberta, O. Carm., foundress Bl. Maria Teresa Scrilli, O. Carm., and youth candidate Santos Franco Sánchez. (Second printing: 2004)
Mary, the Patroness of Carmel, serves as model, inspiration, and companion for every Carmelite as they endeavour to follow Jesus Christ. In this volume, Fr. Valabek examines how Mary influenced the lives and spirituality of Carmel, and particularly of fifteen different Carmelites. These figures include St. Teresa of Avila, St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Ven. Michael of St. Augustine and Ven. Marie Petijt.
Fr. Redemptus Valabek, here presents the story of Carmel’s particular devotion to the Mother of the Lord.
Mary, Mother of Carmel, however, is not based merely on his love of what has been: it is solidly gorunded in the here and now. He draws upon the past, to be sure, but only as a plateau from which he would lead us through the present and into the future.
Fr. Valabek shows us the impotance of Mary today: the Mary of the Bible, the Woman of Pentecost, the Mother of the Church.
This work, to appear in two volumes, examines the early documents of Carmelite Order and the written reflections of Carmel’s brothers and sisters through the centuries to the present time.
Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Blessed Mary, Source of Carmel, Marian Presence, Marian Humanist, Arnold Bostio, Baptist of Mantua, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of Cross, Mary the Sun of Carmel, St. Magadalene de’ Pazzi, Poetry, Pedro de Padilla, Patristic Roots, Marian Devotion, Miguel Carranza, Mystical Experience, John of Saint Samson, Patroness of Carmel, The Scapular, Mary’s Preacher
4 color illustrations. (Second printing: 2001)
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