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)
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.
Fr. Joel Giallanza, CSC, offers some wonderful insights in this “mini-course on the Interior Castle.” He offers a brief description of each of the seven mansion, followed by some reflections on how each level impacts prayer and relationships. Each section ends with a meditation on a particular virtue related to that stage of the interior life. (Third printing: 2008)
Blessed Maria Teresa Scrilli (1825-1889), foundress of the Sisters of the Institute of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, composed this account of her life until her age at that time of 35 years. As she relates the events of her life, she also reveals her spiritual growth and development. This autograph, prepared and translated on the occasion of Maria’s 150 anniversary of birth, offers a fascinating look into the life of a woman who strove to faithfully live her vocation.
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