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Janusz Janowiak O.carm was born in Lipnica Wielka, Poland, in 1974. He obtained his Doctorate in Biblical Theology from the Milltown Institute of Theology and Philosophy in Dublin, Ireland. He is a lecturer in Biblical Theology and Koine Greek at the St. Jozef Bilczewski Theological Institute in Lviv, Ukraine, and has published several articles on the authorship and origin of various biblical books. This engaging study offers unique insights into the difficult and sometimes controversial theme of God’s zeal and jealousy as taught in the Old Testament. Making use of the historical-critical method, the author presents the texts examined in this book against their historical background to reflect their development and conducts their exegetical and theological analysis. In this way, he demonstrates that this concept predominantly speaks of God who loves his people so much that he wants them to remain faithful to him and inspires them to give a positive response to his love.
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Moreover, the Carmelite Rule has had many interpretations and readings. It is true that in recent decades, scientific studies have multiplied and we can assert without exaggeration, that today we know the Rule better than in any other period in our history. Nevertheless, because of that very richness, those multiple dimensions and readings (Biblical, canonical, spiritual, literary, prophetic and so on), because of the possibilities that the Rule contains for different ages, and above all because it is a living text that is still spoken of today, new perspectives and studies are always welcome.
For these reasons, then, we welcome in the heart of the Carmelite family this book on the Carmelite Rule prepared by Michelle M. Sauer and Kevin Alban. This is a collection of articles that from many diverse points of view can help us understand better the deep and metahistorical sense of our Rule. Suffice to look at the table of contents to have an idea of the wealth of this book and its interdisciplinary character. The origins of this work go back to the VII centenary of the Rule which was celebrated in 2007. To mark that event a series of meetings and conferences were organised and among them was a study day on the Rule during the International Medieval Congress which takes place every year in the university of Leeds in the UK. Seeing the quality of the different papers, a possible publication was planned which has only been realised now for various reasons. We are all glad that the outcome of that study day can now be published and distributed to a wider public in the whole world, thanks to Edizioni Carmelitane in Rome.
Tabel of contents
Foreword: Fernando Millán Romeral
Introduction: Kevin J. Alban and Michelle M. Sauer
Part I: Devotion & the Rule
Patrick Mullins O.Carm.: The Carmelite Rule: Text and Authors
Patrick T. McMahon O.Carm.: The Hermit Community on Mount Carmel, c. 1207 CE
Markus Schürer: Monks, Mendicants, or Hermits: Who Were the Medieval Carmelites?
Paul Chandler O.Carm.: The Rule in the Context of Carmelite Identity Formation: Risking Existence, Establishing Identity
Michelle M. Sauer: The Fifteenth-Century Carmelite Rule of St. Linus for Hermits: Contexts, Controversies, and Albertine Influences
Part II: Orthodoxy & Dissent in England
Kevin J. Alban O.Carm.: Fighting Lollardy with the Rule: Thomas Netter and the Doctrinale
Valerie Edden: Visual Images as a Way of Defining Identity: The Case of the Reconstructed Carmelite Missal
Naoë Kuki ta Yoshik awa: Margery Kempe and Felip Ribot’s “Liber de institutione primorum monachorum”
Tamás Karáth: Richard Misyn’s Transmission of Rollean Mysticism within and beyond the Carmelite Community
William Rogers: “Homo vanitati adsimilatus:” The Performance of Poverty and Payment in Richard Maidstone’s Penitential Psalms
The Rule of Saint Albert
The large number of extant documents concerning the early thirteenth-century Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Albert degli Avogadri (c. 1150-1214), demonstrate both his impact on his times and the ways in which his life was shaped by his historical circumstances. Among the documents that were written or co-written by him were those that established, or sanctioned, the normative way of life of three particular groups within the Church of his time: the canons of Biella, in the county of Vercelli, the first (clerical), second (Religious), and third (lay) orders of the Humiliati, and the Latin hermits who became known later as the Carmelites. It is primarily because of his foundational influence on the Carmelites that Albert is remembered today but, together, the surviving documents reveal Albert’s different fields of expertise, his adroit handling of his ecclesiastical responsibilities and the historical circumstances that shaped both his early development and later life. Introducing the reader to the relevant features of the feudal period in which he lived, and to the complex social forces that shaped that age, this documentary biography traces his engagement with the society and Church of his time as a canon regular and Prior of the Holy Cross of Mortara, as Bishop of Vercelli, and as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem. Divided into two volumes, each of twelve chapters, the first section deals with the period before Albert’s appointment as Bishop of Vercelli in 1185 in two chapters. The three chapters of section two describe the first period of Albert’s ministry as Bishop of Vercelli, 1185-91. In five chapters, the third section presents the second period of Albert’s time in Vercelli, 1191-97, under Pope Celestine III. Section four outlines, in eight chapters, the final period of Albert’s episcopal ministry in Vercelli, 1197-1205, under Pope Innocent III. Albert’s ministry as Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem under Pope Innocent III is the subject of the six chapters of section five. Focusing on his roles as mediator and judge in the resolution of conflict and his commitment to reform, the conclusion tries to identify the principal influences and values that shaped Albert’s life.
In the life and death of Jesus, the Good News of God’s love for all humanity was revealed. Seeing His Son nailed to a cross did not make the Father reject us; instead He offered us even more hope and love through the resurrection.
In this beautiful set of reflections on Mark’s Gospel, Father Joseph Chalmers gives a fresh perspective on the traditional practice of tracing Jesus’ Passion through the ‘Stations of the Cross’.
After setting Mark’s Gospel in context and exploring its layers of meaning through informative scriptural commentary, Fr. Joseph considers how God’s Word might lead us into a deeper relationship with God through prayer and service.
As Prior General of the Carmelites (1995-2007), a religious order which puts particular emphasis on pondering God’s Word, Most Rev. Fr. Joseph Chalmers has shared with people across the world his experience of how God speaks words of love today through the Bible.
In this, his third book of Bible meditations, Fr. Joseph engages with the challenge of aggressive secularism, encourages Christians to stand up for the Kingdom values Jesus taught, and prompts readers to put their love of God into active service of the marginalised.
Father Joseph reveals how meditating upon Scripture can lead into vocal, mental and silent prayer. Drawing from the Christian contemplative tradition, particularly the teachings of Saint Teresa of Avila, he shows how we can deepen our friendship with the God that we know loves us, as proved by the Passion of Christ. 176 pages. Free bookmark enclosed.
“This is indeed a book not just for Lent but for any time we wish to indulge in guided prayer throughout the year recommend this book to those who wish to immerse themselves in the account of the Passion of Our Lord from St. Mark’s Gospel, thus strengthening their own Christian faith and their desire for Christian action.” + Cardinal Keith O’Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh.
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