Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm. returns with thirteen new biographies of holy Carmelites, most of whom lived, worked and prayed in the last two centuries. Carmelites of all ages are included in this volue. Profiles include theologian Fr. Bartolomé M. Xiberta, O. Carm., foundress Bl. Maria Teresa Scrilli, O. Carm., and youth candidate Santos Franco Sánchez. (Second printing: 2004)
Historian Emanuele Boaga, O. Carm. shares important insights and reflections on the various solemnities, feasts and memorials of the Carmelite proper. For each saint or blessed, he provides both historical background and an explanation of the associated liturgical texts. It is a useful tool for reflection on the Carmelite identity, as indeed, for profound celebrations of these holy women and men.
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.
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)
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