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.
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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(Fourth printing: 2010)
Mary, the Patroness of Carmel, serves as model, inspiration, and companion for every Carmelite as they endeavour to follow Jesus Christ. In this volume, Fr. Valabek examines how Mary influenced the lives and spirituality of Carmel, and particularly of fifteen different Carmelites. These figures include St. Teresa of Avila, St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Ven. Michael of St. Augustine and Ven. Marie Petijt.
Fr. Redemptus Valabek, here presents the story of Carmel’s particular devotion to the Mother of the Lord.
Mary, Mother of Carmel, however, is not based merely on his love of what has been: it is solidly gorunded in the here and now. He draws upon the past, to be sure, but only as a plateau from which he would lead us through the present and into the future.
Fr. Valabek shows us the impotance of Mary today: the Mary of the Bible, the Woman of Pentecost, the Mother of the Church.
This work, to appear in two volumes, examines the early documents of Carmelite Order and the written reflections of Carmel’s brothers and sisters through the centuries to the present time.
Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Blessed Mary, Source of Carmel, Marian Presence, Marian Humanist, Arnold Bostio, Baptist of Mantua, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of Cross, Mary the Sun of Carmel, St. Magadalene de’ Pazzi, Poetry, Pedro de Padilla, Patristic Roots, Marian Devotion, Miguel Carranza, Mystical Experience, John of Saint Samson, Patroness of Carmel, The Scapular, Mary’s Preacher
4 color illustrations. (Second printing: 2001)
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