Fr. Valabek continues his reflections from volume I, looking at the Marian experience in Carmel throughout the ages. In these pages, he illustrates how various Carmelites have accented certain aspects of Marian spirituality, and the impact these had on our understanding the Mother of Jesus. The Scapular devotion and relationship between Mary and contemplative prayer are some of the themes covered in this book.
This is the final volume of Fr. Redemptus Valabek’s meditation in Mary. It describes the Carmelite witness to Mary, the mother of Jesus, from the 18th century to the present, allowing the brothers and sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, both lay and religious, it describe how they were able to express their faith and devotion even under the most trying difficulties. These Carmelites, like ourselves, were faced with changing circumstances and lived in a world always hungry for God but so often concerned with the worship of man rather than that of the Son of Man.
The true devotion to Mary is always present in Carmelite spirituality. It is expressed in many different ways and we need to keep in minde that true devotion to the Theotokos, the Mother of God, is – like the Gospel itself – not an optional accessory in our lives but an essential part of every Christian’s relationship with God.
The pages of this book illustrate the response of Carmelite to the voice of God for their times; that same voice which called to Mary from the very first moment of her existence.
Scapular Devotion, Mary’s Role in Man’s Redemption, Raphael of Saint Joseph, St. Teresa Margaret Redi, Tertiaries, Liberata Ferrarons, Carmen Sojo, Raphael Kalinowsky, Mary of Jesus Crucified, Mother than Queen, Titus Brandsma, Bartholomew Maria Xiberta, Mary’s Seer and Builder, Aylesford, Shrine, Perfect Disciple, Mary’s Place in Carmel, Carmelite Sisters of Bologna, The Scapular, Popular Devotion, Prayer in honor of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
4 color illustrations. (Second printing: 2008)
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.
Elements of the Carmelite tradition provide the basis for developing a contemplative prayer stance in today’s world. This book, composed of talks given by Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm. to various audiences, provides thoughts for reflection and practical advice for confronting the challenges of prayer and “reading the signs of the times” through a Carmelite lens of hope, faith and love.
Tags: Contemplation, Carmelite Rule, Light in the Darkness, St Thérèse of Liseaux, Obedience, The Scapular, Mendicant, Meditation, Carmelite Prayer, Vocations, Spirituality, Formation, Justice and Peace. Mission, Into the Castel, Prophet, Devotion.
The Carmelite School of prayer has influenced many throughout the centuries. Fr. Valabek studies this history, highlighting the people and events that helped to promote this contemplative way at the service at the Church.
In this brief historical sketch, brings to our attention some of the writings of those who have played a significant role in the spiritual formation of Carmelites. Bigining with the Rule of Carmel, he take us along the path of prayer in Carmel Pointing out the landmarks. Roots of Carmelite Prayer, Liturgical Prayer, The Cult of the Virgin Mary, Michael Aiguani, Nicholas of France, John Soreth, Devotion to Carmel’s Mother and Patroness and Beauty, The Mantuan Reform, Silvestrani Brenzone, John Baptist Rossi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Juan Sanz, Irradiation of Carmelite Prayer, Miguel de la Fuente, St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi, Tourain Reform, Philippe Ribot, a Life of familiarity with God, John of St. Samson, transforming union, Michael of St. Augustine, Maria Petyt, Seraphina of God, Emanuel de Casta, Jesus Prayer, José de S. Anna Pereira, John of the Cross Brenninger, Bartholomew Maria Xiberta, Devotio Moderna, Carmelite Charims (Third printing: 2007)
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