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The Dutch Carmelite and professor of philosophy Titus Brandsma, born in Friesland in 1881 and murdered in the Dachau concentration camp in 1942, did groundbreaking work in the field of Dutch mysticism. This book gives an insight into his scholarly work, his social commitment and his personal relationships.
The texts selected here date from the period 1904 to 1942, during
which time the themes of mysticism and spirituality, social teaching, peace and disarmament, heroism, journalism, education, the fight against poverty and animal welfare became increasingly important for Dutch society. Brandsma developed an explicitly Christian perspective on these topics, which he resolutely opposed to the National Socialist monopolizing of these issues in his time. For him, his socio-political commitment was deeply connected to what he taught at university about mysticism and the concept of God. He wanted to bring his Christian philosophical viewpoint into society and make it fruitful for shaping a positive future. He only succeeded to a limited extent, however, because he felt the full force of the reaction of National Socialist ideology to his work. Nevertheless, Brandsma did not give up and is therefore still a role model for all those who courageously stand up for humanity, mutual respect, appreciation of all fellow human beings, open debate and the practice of fundamental
values and virtues.
Joseph Chalmers (born in 1952), after earning a law degree at Glasgow University in Scotland, entered the Carmelite Order and studied theology at the Gregorian University in Rome, ending with an STL in spiritual theology. He has written a number of books and articles on Carmelite spirituality and prayer and translated several books into English from various European languages. He served as Prior General of the Carmelite Order 1995-2007 and now lives in the USA.
Dr Elisabeth Hense T.O.Carm. (born in 1957) is Associate Professor at Radboud University Nijmegen. She published extensively on Carmelite spirituality, especially about Francis Amelry, Maria Petyt, John of the Cross and Titus Brandsma. During the last decade she also has been doing research in the field of ecospirituality, focusing, among other things, on the ecospirituality of Catholic parishes in the Netherlands.
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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.
Elements of the Carmelite tradition provide the basis for developing a contemplative prayer stance in today’s world. This book, composed of talks given by Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm. to various audiences, provides thoughts for reflection and practical advice for confronting the challenges of prayer and “reading the signs of the times” through a Carmelite lens of hope, faith and love.
Tags: Contemplation, Carmelite Rule, Light in the Darkness, St Thérèse of Liseaux, Obedience, The Scapular, Mendicant, Meditation, Carmelite Prayer, Vocations, Spirituality, Formation, Justice and Peace. Mission, Into the Castel, Prophet, Devotion.
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)
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)
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)
Composed in view of the beatification of Bl. Titus Brandsma, O. Carm., in 1985, this collection of essays covers various aspects of Titus’ life and work. Various authors contribute interesting commentaries on Titus’ life, spirituality, and writings. The volume concludes with texts composed by the blessed Dutch Carmelite himself.
Fr. Titus in history and in the life of the Church and work are highlighted, as the prelude and life experience necessary for his final ordeal at the hands of the Nazis.
Devotion to Mary – Mary was a driving force in his spiritual life. Was eager to bring this Marian devotion to the attention of people whenever the opportunity present itself. Poverty meant sacrifice for him.
He condemned Nazism in his classes and wrote condemnatory articles in witch he upbraided the general tenents of Nazism.
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(Second printing: 2004)
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