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.
Historian Joachim Smet, O. Carm. offers a glimpse into Carmelite women’s monastic life that spans centuries and continents. Beginning with the affiliation of various individuals and groups, his book takes the reader on a journey through the formation of the first formal monasteries to the successes and struggles of subsequent groups, to the founding of other monasteries beyond European boundaries. Photographs and references complete his account of these cloistered members of the Carmelite family. (Second printing: 2011)
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.
The Carmelite background of St. John of the Cross is examined in this work by historian Balbino Velasco, O. Carm. He proposes that his formation as John of St. Matthias, a little studied aspect of the saint’s life, was as much a contributing factor to his eventual participation in the Teresian reform. Translated by Joseph Chalmers, O. Carm. from the original Spanish with a helpful glossary of terms. – Translated by Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.
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.
Fr. Klemens Stock, SJ, employs biblical scholarship and accessible language in order to illuminate the scriptural image of Mary. Looking at how she is represented in the various gospels and in other New Testament texts, Fr. Stock offers interesting reflections on Mary’s identity and role in the early Church and how this might inspire us today. Translated by Joseph Chalmers, O.Carm.
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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