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)
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.
Le tre più grandi religioni monoteistiche del mondo — Giudaismo, Cristianesimo e Islam — venerano tutte il Profeta dI fuoco.
Per gli ebrei è il precursore del Messia, un messaggero tra cielo e terra, colui che ricostituisce il popolo eletto. Nei Vangeli elia appare insieme a Mosè nella trasfigurazione, testimone della divinità di Gesù. Per i Musulmani noi siamo vivi perché elia è vivo. Per tutti è un esempio di fedeltà a dio.
In Profeta dI fuoco P. Kilian Healy, già Priore Generale dei Carmelitani, ripropone l’eterna sfida di elia: Se il Signore è Dio, servitelo; ma se il Dio è Baal, servite lui!
L’uomo di oggi preferisce restare indeciso. Come nell’antico Israele oggi non si vuole impegnare troppo a fondo: si proclamano i principi di pace e di giustizia ma si promuove un consumismo sfrenato; si proclama l’ugua glianza tra tutti, ma si rivendicano privilegi personali e nazionali; si proclama il primato dello spirito ma si rifiuta la disciplina. Elia sollecita ancora i servitori dell’altissimo a rovesciare
i propri idoli e a tornare ad adorare l’unico dio. I Baal del consumismo e dell’egoismo possono essere meno appariscenti degli antichi idoli, ma sono più insidiosi per il
Popolo di dio. Profeta dI fuoco ci invita a risollevarci e ad impegnarci.
Prima Ristampa Anastatica 2016
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
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