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)
Dutch Carmelite Raphael Tijhuis, O. Carm. was arrested on July 25, 1940 by the Gestapo and spent the next five years at three different concentration camps, ending up in Dachau, from which he was liberated on April 29, 1945. In this book, shares his story, including his time spent with Bl. Titus Brandsma. His first-hand account is as much a story of faith as it is a personal story of the horrors and atrocities experienced in the Holocaust. (Second printing: 2009)
Fr. Klemens Stock, SJ, employs biblical scholarship and accessible language in order to illuminate the scriptural image of Mary. Looking at how she is represented in the various gospels and in other New Testament texts, Fr. Stock offers interesting reflections on Mary’s identity and role in the early Church and how this might inspire us today. Translated by Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.
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