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. 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
This small volume richly documents the events that took place surrounding and including the beatification of Blessed Titus Brandsma, O. Carm. on November 3, 1985. In addition to the liturgy itself, the volume also describes the people present and the actions that took place. Also included are the various homilies given to celebrate the occasion, as well as essays, poetry and music dedicated to Titus’ honor.
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.
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