This book offers a collection of essays by Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm., that were originally printed in Carmel in the World. They offer perspectives on various topics as they relate to both the experience and doctrine of Vatican II and the Carmelite perspective. It is a wonderful source of historical, theological, and spiritual reflection.
Carmelites contribution during the Second Vatican Council. The book that we have the pleasure to offer you, are representative of the topics covered by the Second Vatican Council, where the Carmelites have participated in several sessions.
“In these articles, P. Redemptus touches a wide range of issues and questions …. The author describes some of the most interesting moments of the history of the 20th century, from a series of sessions of the Second Vatican Council II and debates held on important issues both within the Council room and beyond.” Fernando Millán Romeral, O.Carm. Prior General
Tags : Carmelites and the Council, Christian prayer, Language of the Liturgy, The Laity, Religious Liberty, Sacraments, The Saints, Christ the Saviour, Fraternity, Authority is Service, Life and the Ecumenical movement, Use of Silence, Mary’s place in Carmel, The Vows, All Christians are Priests, The Heart of Liturgy.
FERNANDO MILLÁN ROMERAL – A witness to the Council and to the evolution of the Order and the Church in the 20th century
The Unity of Prayer Life
The Bishops look at the Liturgy
The Searching Church
AWorld to be Loved
Move towards Modernity
Preview of the Last Session
Poverty at the Council
To encounter Christ
A Church to be Renewed
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)
In 2005, biblical scholar Fr. Klemens Stock, SJ, offered some reflections on the call of Peter, the disciples, and Mary to the members of the Carmelite family in Spain and Portugal. Using various scriptural texts, Fr. Stock reflects on the invitation and response of these great figures to participation in the mission of Jesus Christ. Translatedby Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.
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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