Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm. continues his reflections from the first volume, this time considering the impact of Vatican II on Carmelite life. These essays include reflections on the first general chapter after the close of the Council, and the identity and direction of the third order, as well as theological commentaries on various themes, such as the cross and reconciliation, communication, and liturgy.
Carmelites contribution during the Second Vatican Council. The books 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.
The Saints after the Council
Meeting Christ in the Sacraments
Jesus Christ, the One and Only
Salvation History – Then and Now
The Carmelite General Chapter, 1971
The Abiding Cross of Christ
Words vs. Life
Making Liturgical Prayer Personal
Challenge for the Carmelite Third Order – Commentary on the Third Order Rule
Faithful and loving servants
All are Priests at the Liturgy
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)
Composed on the occasion of the eighth centenary of the Carmelite Rule, historian Patrick McMahon, O.Carm. offers an interesting and in-depth study of its background. He then offers a commentary on the accompanying text in order to answer the question of its suitability for all Carmelites, particularly the laity. He concludes with some interesting reflections on the significance of this inheritance for Christians, and particularly Carmelites, today. (Fourth printing: 2013)
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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