La Regola del Carmelo prescrive: “Rimanga ognuno nella propria cella, o vicino ad essa, meditando giorno e notte la legge del Signore e vigilando in preghiera, a meno che non debba dedicarsi ad altri giustificati impegni”. Vigilare in preghiera con Cristo è l’apostolo principale, anche se non esclusivo, del Carmelo. In questi brevi appunti storici, chiari e impegnativi, P. Valabek riporta all’attenzione su testi o personaggi che hanno giocato un ruolo significativo nella formazione spirituale dei Carmelitani, facendo conoscere così le linee principali della ricca tradizione di preghiera del Carmelo.
Dutch Carmelite Raphael Tijhuis, O. Carm. was arrested on July 25, 1940 by the Gestapo and spent the next five years at three different concentration camps, ending up in Dachau, from which he was liberated on April 29, 1945. In this book, shares his story, including his time spent with Bl. Titus Brandsma. His first-hand account is as much a story of faith as it is a personal story of the horrors and atrocities experienced in the Holocaust. (Second printing: 2009)
In 2005, biblical scholar Fr. Klemens Stock, SJ, offered some reflections on the call of Peter, the disciples, and Mary to the members of the Carmelite family in Spain and Portugal. Using various scriptural texts, Fr. Stock reflects on the invitation and response of these great figures to participation in the mission of Jesus Christ. Translatedby Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.
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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