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)
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.
In this first installment, Fr. Redemptus Valabek, O. Carm., describes the lives of sixteen members of the Carmelite family who lived notably saintly lives. These biographies include laity, such as Bl. Isidore Bakanja and Annie Zelikova, TOC; foundresses of congregations, such as Madre Elisea Maria Oliver, O. Carm. and Ven. Mother M. Angeline Teresa, O. Carm.; and friars, such as Bl. Hilary Januszewski, O. Carm., and Bl. Angelo Paoli, O. Carm.
The Scapular Devotion, Isidor Bakanja, member, scapular confraternity, Carmel in France, Jacques Retouret, Guillotine, martyr, Martinien Pannetier, Agnes Bernard, Thérèse Thiac, Hilary Januszewski, Liberata Ferrarons, Spanish Civil War, Catalonia, Angel Prat, Cloistered Carmel, Maria Badia, St. Joseph, mission, Angelo Paoli, Lay Carmelite, Mariangela Virgili, Hermit, Jerome Terzo, Moravia, Annie Zelikova, Tertiary, Mother Candelaria, Maria Carolina Scampone, Elisea Maria Oliver, Orihuela, sisters, Angeline Teresa, Mystic, mother, wife, Carmen de Sojo
(Second printing: 2004)
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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