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The Blessed Mother,
Gabriel Barry OCD has two sections in this book. The first is Our Lady in Scripture: Mary prefigured in the Old Testament and, Mary in the New Testament. The second section deals with the Marian spirit of the Carmelite Order and the Brown Scapular. Pope Paul VI at the Vatican Council advises us to highly value devotional practices and exercise in regard to Mary which over the centuries have had the recommendation of the magisterium. He writes: “Among those practices, we should mention by name the Marian rosary and the devout use of the scap0ular of Carmel. For this scapular is a form of piety which is adapted to all minds by reason of its simplicity, and has become universally widespread among the faithful, producing many and happy fruits.” Paul VI in AAS LVII ut supra. Pg.26
Gabriel Barry OCD. £1.50
Reflections on our Lady (from the writings of Carmelite authors),
These reflections are taken from the writings of Carmelite authors. Some of these authors are well known Carmelite Saints like Teresa, Therese, John of the Cross, Edith Stien, others like Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity and Titus Brandsma are more contemporary and perhaps less well known names.
Only through her meek consenting
Clothed in flesh the Word could be,
And this mystery within her
Took place through the Trinity.” First stanza of a poem by St John of the Cross pg. 2.
Compiled at Darlington Carmel. £1.50
'The Akathistos Hymn is the most celebrated Marian Hymn of the Byzantine Church, a liturgy and theological masterpiece, a truly contemplative expression and praise of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The work would appear to have come directly from the heart of the Church rather than simply from the mind of an artist: it has neither name nor title. It is called “Akathistos”, which means “not seated”. It is thought to have been written at the end of the fifth or the beginning of the sixth century. …The Hymn consists of twenty-four verses each beginning with a successive letter of the Greek alphabet.’ Taken from the introduction.
(Byzantine hymn to the Mother of God). £1.75
Saint Teresa of Avila
The Apostolate of Contemplatives according to St Teresa
There are 122 pages in the book.
“...when Blessed John Soreth first founded in France the feminine branch of the Order in 1452, the latter quite naturally had as its mission the preservation of the strictly contemplative life of the Order. It is therefore not surprising that in undertaking her reform in 1562, Teresa of Avila should be inspired by this primitive tradition: ‘We observe the Rule of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and keep it without mitigation’ (L 36,26,250) or in other words, ‘Our primitive rule states we must pray without ceasing ... for unceasing prayer is the most important aspect of the rule’ (WP4,2,53)
Thus the contemplative ideal of the Teresian reform is unequivocally affirmed. Moreover, Teresa inserted into her scheme an apostolic end to which she attached such importance that it was on the same level as the contemplative end. This is ‘the main reason the Lord brought us together in this house’ (WP 3,1,47).” Introduction pg 1/2.
Emmanuel Renault OCD. £4.25
Apostolic Letter of Pope St Pius X on St Teresa.
This pamphlet of 11 pages is the paper released by Pope Pius X on the occasion of the ter-centenary of the Beatification of St Teresa. It was addressed to the Father General of the time and the Order of Discalced Carmelites.
“It is remarkable how she [Teresa] was gifted by nature for her heavenly office of instructress in the ways of virtue. Her marvellously keen intellect, her noble and generous soul, her sure judgment, her prudence in dealing with people and in business affairs, no less than her sweet disposition and pleasant manner, won for her the affections of everyone. ...” pg 2.
Pope Pius X £1.00
For the Love of God
Produced by Mary Garnet of Quidenham Carmel. Extracts taken from 150 of the letters of St Teresa in Volume one of the letters translated by A. Peers. These show a very different side to St Teresa to that shown in her spiritual works. The book contains 67 pages.
M. Garnet OCD. £2.50
In the Footsteps of St Teresa.
Thoughts on St Teresa's Life and Way of Perfection
This book started as a series of meditations for the members of the Secular Order of Carmelites, who were scattered throughout the country. The meditations were also printed in the Mount Carmel magazine. The book contains 472 pages.
The titles of some of the meditations are:
Small beginnings to great sanctity
The struggle to live wholly for God
Finding God through faith and prayer
Allowing God to be with us
Overcoming difficulties in prayer
J.B. Keegan OCD. £8.00
from the Writings of St Teresa:
Compiled at Darlington Carmel
These are quotes taken from the works of St Teresa on prayer itself and the conditions necessary for prayer. There are black and white pictures pertinent to her life given for each reflection. The booklet has 15 pages.
“A DEFINITION OF PRAYER
Mental prayer, in my view, is nothing but friendly intercourse and frequent solitary converse with Him who we know loves us.” Pg. 1.
On the Mansions
These are quotes taken from the work of St Teresa called the Interior Castle or the Seven Mansions. It gives a thought defining each Mansion is and one or more quotes from the Mansion being considered. Each reflection has a black and white picture opposite it. There are 17 pages in the booklet.
“THE FIRST MANSION
These [souls] are very much absorbed in worldly affairs; but their desires are good; sometimes, though infrequently, they commend themselves to Our Lord; and they think about the state of their souls, thought not very carefully. Full of a thousand preoccupations as they are, they pray only a few times a month, and as a rule they are thinking all the time of their preoccupations, for they are very much attached to them, and, where there treasure is, there is their heart also.” Pg. 2
These are quotes taken from the works of St Teresa on the theme of friendship. There are black and white pictures given with each reflection. The booklet has 16 pages.
Of a truth, the mercy of God is great: what friend shall we find who is so long-suffering? If once such a cleavage takes place between earthly friends, it is never erased from the memory and their friendship can never again become close as before. Yet how often has our friendship for Our Lord failed in this way and for how many years does He await our return to Him!” Pg. 8
St Teresa's Garden of the Soul
Compiled and Designed at Darlington Carmel.
This book was inspired by Teresa’s idea of how the garden is watered in four different ways and how the water is drawn to the garden by our way of live. Each reflection has a drawing by Elizabeth Ruth Obbard. The booklet contains 23p.
If the ground is well dug over by detachment from self-interest, the water will sink in so far that it will hardly ever grow dry again.” Pg.13.
The Eternal Mystic, St Teresa of Avila, the First Woman Doctor of the Church
This book has 248 pages and gives the story of her life and at times comments on things pertinent to the subject matter. There are quotes from her various works.
“The authentic Christian mystic does not go in for the extraordinary. In fact he hides and fears it. Teresa and John of the Cross warn us against these external manifestations. The mystic has a direct intuition of ultimate reality and is convinced of his divine intimacy with God through faith, hope, love, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. ...” pg 162/3.
Joseph Glynn OCD. £6.50
The Teresian Gospel
The book contains 90 pages. It consists of a series of eight conferences given by Father to the Carmelite community in Darlington. Each conference is broken down into headings which are not shown here.
Conference one: Ecclesiastical or religious background at the time of St Teresa
Conference two: A look at the Way of Perfection from the outside
Conference three: A view of the Way of Perfection from the inside
Conference four: Jesus Christ our friend, heart and soul of Carmel
Conference five: Life of prayer, life of friendship: first elements of the Teresian charism
Conference six: At the service of our friend. Second element of the Teresian Charism. The Ecclesial element
Conference seven: Prerequisites for a life of prayer
Conference eight: living our life of prayer
Otilio Rodriguez OCD £4.25
Within You He Dwells: Rediscovering St Teresa's Interior Castle
Various Carmelite authors
The book contains articles by various authors on different aspects of St Teresa’s book entitled The Seven Mansions or The Interior Castle. There are 105 pages. The articles are:
The Interior castle and its setting by Margaret-Mary Bainbridge STJ
The prayer of beginners by Matthew McGetrick OCD
‘A spark of true love’ by Norbert Cummings OCD
A new life in Christ by Norbert Cummings OCD
The marvels of Divine union in the last mansions by Philip Boyce OCD
Edited by P. Boyce OCD £4.25
St John of the Cross
Fire and Flame,
Elizabeth R. Obbard OCD, taking the teachings of St John of the Cross, brings out the aspect that we have to go through a purification – the fire and the flame – in order to be able to enjoy the love of God. The love of God is itself a fire – the fire of love. She has written it in the format we see in the Living Flame of St John, and yet it is her commentary on this work of his.
“The soul in these verses speaks of this transformation
As it burns with the sweetness of love
And ponders over all what has been wrought within it” pg.2.
Elizabeth R. Obbard OCD £4.00
Introducing St John of the Cross,
Kieran Kavanaugh OCD divides his booklet into two sections: a portrait and a short biographical sketch. In his “portrait” he describes the physical features and character of John, how he was formed by the poverty he experienced in life. He was touched by the poverty of others and tried as far as possible to alleviate it. “When as a superior it was necessary for him to correct his subjects, he was cautious lest through impatience or anger he would succeed only in saddening or discouraging them.” Pg.5. The second section of the book is a summary of the life of John.
Kieran Kavanaugh OCD £2.25
M.H. Garcia OCD £4.00
Reflections: St John of the Cross,
Compiled at Darlington Carmel.
These are quotes taken from the works of St John. There are black and white pictures pertinent to his life given for each reflection. The booklet has 18 pages.
“SINCE YOU HAVE LOOKED AND LEFT ME IN GRACE AND BEAUTY
When God looks, He loves and grants favours. The soul tells God to look at the many virtues, gifts, perfections and other spiritual riches He has placed in her [the soul] as the pledges, tokens and jewels of espousal ... Beloved, first turn to the interior of my soul and be enamoured of the company – the riches – you have placed there, so that loving the soul through them you may dwell and hide in her. For indeed, even though they are yours, since you gave them to her, they also belong to her.” Pg. 10.
St John of the Cross and Detachment,
Glenys Edwards has a title which is probably very off putting. She talks about John of the Cross in his life. It was a very hard life but he learned through his sufferings that one must be open to letting go of the things we cherish most. This is not easy but if we look at it another way, do the things control us or we the things. It is the teaching John gives as the in the Ascent of Mount Carmel and the Dark Night of the Soul. We have to go through this if we are to reach the higher planes in the love of God.
Glenys Edwards £4.00
St John of the Cross, The Saint and his Teaching,
Father gave a series of conferences in Spanish which were simultaneously translated into German. In Darlington they were translated into English and published with Father’s consent. The conferences were entitled as follows:
Conference One: St John of the Cross as a Discalced Carmelite
Conference Two: A review of the main aspects of the teaching of St John of the Cross
Conference Three: Illumination through faith
Conference Four: Transformation through love
Federico Ruiz OCD £3.50
Reflections from the Writings of St Therese
Compiled at Darlington Carmel
Suffering and Prayer in the Life of St Therese
Frances Hogan writes about St Thérèse’s life. Thérèse, throughout her life had suffering. ‘Thérèse learned early in life that if we want to follow a crucified Master, — and she was certainly a lover of Jesus crucified — he gives us two companions for our journey to take us to the summit of holiness in such a safe way that we have nothing to fear from either pride or arrogance; these companions are Suffering and Sorrow. …Our Thérèse is a fine example of this: she continually tells us that suffering brought her greater and greater joy and peace.’ Pg. 7. Frances Hogan £3.25
St Therese: The Gospels Rediscovered
Jimmy McCaffery OCD wrote this book in response to the request he received after giving talks about St Thérèse at a Symposium. He felt that rather than reproducing the talk he would publish his preparatory notes. This is what we have. They give us an insight to Thérèse and how she lived the gospel in her life and prayer life. She appears to have had a great insight into the meaning of Sacred Scripture.
Jimmy McCaffery OCD £4.00
Blessed Mary of Jesus
Living in Christ Jesus: Blessed Mary of Jesus
Father Hilary Doran has written about this not very well known Discalced Carmelite nun. She was born in Spain in 1560. Nine years later St Teresa founded the Carmelite Monastery in Toledo. Only eight years later Mary of Jesus received the habit of the Order there. Whilst telling the details of her life, Father Hilary explains what each step entails. Mary like Therese was drawn to prayer at a very young age. She entered fairly young and was very dutiful in keeping the rule. She endured bad health most of the time but was not conquered by it. She lived to be eighty years old. Her life was not easy and she accepted in humility all the problems and difficulties that came her way. They did not disturb her relationship with God. Father Hilary is very thorough in telling her life and she is an inspiration to us.
H. Doran OCD £1.50
Edith Stein (St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross)
Edith Stein: Holiness in the Twentieth Century
Freda Mary Oben writes a short summary of the life of Edith Stein. She concentrates on the spiritual side of her story. She remained Jewish all her life although she converted and became a Catholic. Her sister Rose was the only one who understood this and stayed with her sister in what became their ultimate gift of self. At the end of the book there is an application to ourselves of the life of holiness.
F.M. Oben £1.50
Reflections from the writing of Edith Stein
These are quotes taken from the works of Edith Stein, also known as Sr Teresa Benedicta of the Cross who is known in her own right as a philosopher, interested in phenomenology and feminism. There are black and white pictures pertinent to her life given for each reflection. The booklet has 39 pages.
The words Thy Will be done must be the rule of the Christian’s life in all their fullness. They must be the principle that regulates his day from morning to night, the course of the year and his whole life. It then becomes the Christian’s only concern. For all other cares the Lord will make himself responsible; this alone will remain with us as long as we live.” Pg. 19 taken from The Mystery of Christmas.
Compiled at Darlington Carmel £1.50
The Mystery of Christmas
Incarnation and humanity by Edith Stein. This was translated from the German by Sr Josephine Rucker SSJ. This was the title of a lecture she gave in January 1931. It is a meditative text where she takes her reader and leads them to the scene of the Christmas child. ‘Then however, she turns inward to the soul of the beholder, and in a clear, penetrating manner of her thoughtful provocations, she guides him to the core of the Christmas mystery.’ Pg 1 Quote taken from the preface written by Edith Stein’s Novice Mistress.
(Translated by J. Rucker) £1.50
The Prayer of the Church
Edith Stein wrote this shortly after she entered Carmel. It is about the centrality of the Eucharist in our lives. It is to be remembered that it was written during the time of the Tridentine Mass and therefore describes the old order of the Mass. However the essence of what she says is essential to our understanding of the Eucharist and some of its connections to her Jewish background.
(Translated at Darlington Carmel) £1.50
St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross
Norbert Cummins OCD £1.50
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
The Spirit and Message of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
This book was printed for the day she received her title “Blessed” her beatification. They are talks given earlier about her by Fr Michael Gaughran SSC. At the time they were given there had been no thought of having them printed.
“...those around her noticed her great gentleness and consideration, and her letters, written with fingers that could hardly hold a pencil, are full of concern for others’ cares.”
M. Gaughran SSC. £2.00
Your Presence is my Joy: Life and Message of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Conrad de Meester OCD wrote this book in French and it was called Ta Presence est ma joie! It was translated at Darlington Carmel. In the Preface he writes ‘Elizabeth of the Trinity is a prophet of the presence of God. Her existence has become an example for us: she shows us how we in our turn could become the burning bush where the Lord reveals himself (cf Ex. 3:2). And from out of this bush echoes her message: God does not love you less, he lives in you, he waits for you.
Even if your story takes on a different style of incarnation, basically that has hardly any importance. What is important is to discover the hidden spring that will transform your garden.’
Conrad de Meester OCD.
(Translated at Darlington Carmel). £3.50
Reflections from the Writings of Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
These are quotes taken from the works of Blessed Elizabeth. There are black and white pictures pertinent to her life given for each reflection. The booklet has 35 pages.
“PRAYER TO THE BLESSED TRINITY
O my God, Trinity whom I adore! Help me to become wholly forgetful of self, that I may be immovably rooted in Thee, as changeless and calm as though my soul were already in eternity. May nothing disturb my peace or draw me forth from Thee, O my unchanging Lord, but may I, at every moment, penetrate more deeply into the depths of Thy mystery. ...” Pg. 34
Compiled at Darlington Carmel. £1.50
Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified
Miriam, the Little Arab, Sr Mary of Jesus Crucified
Translated from the article 'Mariam la petite arabe, soeur Marie de Jesus Crucifie', by A. Brunot SCJ (Nazareth Carmel, Israel). Miriam was born in 1846 at Abellin – today called Ibilline, a village in Galilee. Her parents died within a few days of each other when she was not even three years old. She and her brother were adopted by different members of the family and never saw each other again. A marriage was arranged for her, but despite much reasoning with her she was adamant she wanted to be a nun. Her life was very complex but she eventually entered Carmel Pau as a lay Sister. She went on a foundation to Mangalore. Here she endured much suffering and returned to Pau. Sometime after her return she declared that God wanted a Carmel in Bethlehem. Again more trouble ensued yet the miracle happened and with Miriam as foundress the Carmel was founded in 1877. She dreamed of another foundation and the next year set out to found a house in Nazareth. She died in 1878 only 33 years old.
Translated from the article 'Mariam la petite arabe, soeur marie de Jesus Crucifie', by A. Brunot SCJ (Nazareth Carmel, Israel). £1.25
Historical Notes on the Order
A History of the Teresian Carmel
Fr Otilio Rodriguez has produced an abridged history of the Teresian Carmelite from the time of St Teresa until 1979. About 66 pages deal with St Teresa and the foundations she made. The last 60 or so pages deal with the trouble there was with the friars and the nuns after her death. After that is a summary of some of the work of foundation. Father has a table at the back of the book giving the state of the Carmels in the various countries at the time of writing. These have changed a lot since then.
Otilio Rodriguez OCD. £4.00
The Teresian Carmelites
Father Finian Monahan OCD in this booklet gives the struggle for the birth and survival of the Discalced Carmelites. This deals with the difficulties they encountered in becoming and staying an Order in which there are nuns and friars. There were problems encountered and it was realized eventually that the Calced and Discalced would have to split and be two separate branches. Another area where questions arose was the fact that some of the nuns were directly under the Friars whereas others were under the local bishop. What was the Father General’s position as to the visitation of these houses under the bishop? The Second Vatican Council brought with it further questions which had to be looked at and dealt with.
Finian Monahan OCD. £3.25
History of Darlington Carmel
This book of 79 pages, was compiled at Darlington Carmel from the riches that are in the archives. This Carmel goes right back to the early days of Carmel. After St Teresa died her nurse Anne of St Bartholomew and Anne of Jesus set out to bring the charism to other countries, starting first in France and spreading to what was then the Spanish Netherlands, today Belgium. There were two Carmels founded in Antwerp. One for the local girls, and one for the English girls who had come over to the Continent because of the persecution in England at the time. They were very friendly with one another being so close in distance. When the English one was too full and could not accept further postulants, they made another foundation in Lierre, now known as Lier. They were hardy in those days and walked from the mother house to the new foundation. ....
Compiled at Darlington Carmel. £3.50
The Teresian Pilgrimage of a Nineteenth Century Flemish Artist
Sister Iris Mary Dunbar OCD has given us this story of M. Hye Hoys, a pious layman and an architect by profession who left Ghent on 1 March 1866. This was his home town and he was accompanied by his wife. They set off for Spain where they intended to visit all those places where St Teresa of Avila, the reformer of the Carmelites, had lived. His aim was to collect, with the aid of a pen and pencil, everything tending to the glory of that great Saint. They were aware of the difficulties of transport, extremes of climate and so on, but they were resolutely determined to overcome them. They found travel in Spain in the 1860’s very little changed from the sixteenth century. The rural customs and style of dress too were very little different from what Teresa would have known. M Hey Hoy had an eye for noticing detail and added bits of local colour which made his sketches full of life.
Iris Mary Dunbar OCD. £2.50
Always a Carmelite
Guy Merlin OCD & Guido Stinissen OCD have taken Carmelite life from the point of being received into the Order, through first profession, final profession on to middle age, old age and finally death in Carmel. They give us an insight as to what to expect at the different stages. Obviously this is only a guide. People are different but it is helpful to get an idea of what people in other groups are going through or have gone through. ‘We have discovered what is the dynamic of a life that consumes itself in a communion with the Beloved, supported by a community — a pilgrim church in miniature; … and finding its completion in a joyful entrance into the Promised Land.’ Pg.47
Guy Merlin OCD & Guido Stinissen OCD. £2.50
Lectio Divina is what the monastic tradition sometimes describes as meditatively chewing over the Word of God in the Scriptures. It is also described as holy reading. The articles in this booklet are taken from a number of authors. Some of the articles have been translated, with permission, from works on the Continent, written by Jean-Albert Vinel OCSO and Jean Leclercq. The other two are by Carmelite authors, Fr Gabriel Barry and Emmanuel Renault. We therefore have insights from a number of religious traditions.
Various authors. £4.00
A Monastic Enneagram
Elizabeth Ruth Obbard produced this delightful little booklet before she decided to live a more hermit type of life and had to leave the Discalced Carmelites. She had been a novice mistress at her Carmelite Monastery. The Introduction introduces the book like this:
Teresa of Avila understood human nature as very few people can and these verses introduce her young sisters to the enneagram. Written by a novice mistress of experience and years it will prove that contemplative nuns are just like the rest of the world— have no fears! So now I’ll proceed to describe nine types of religious beginners, remembering meanwhile that basically all men and women are sinners.
Elizabeth R. Obbard OCD. £2.25
Growth in Wholeness in Carmel
This booklet is the result of the Novice Mistresses Meeting in Glasgow in 1992. It was requested that it was not up for sale in USA. The speakers were Fr Finian Monahan OCD,who gave the opening conference on The Nature of Vocation and Formation
Sr Maureen Cusick a Sister of Our Lady of Sion, Whose topics were Learning from experience; Growth through relationships; Identity, Intimacy and Sexuality; finally Intimacy, Primary sexuality, Genital sexuality, Affective sexuality.
Novice Mistresses Meeting 1992. £2.50
Carmelite Spirituality and the Cloister
This pamphlet was written by Father Norbert Cummins OCD at the request of the Council of the Association of Carmelite Monasteries for England, Scotland and Wales. Knowing that Father Norbert’s papers on formation were very much appreciated by all our Carmels, the Council were encouraged to seek his help in exploring the mystery of cloister in our charism: this has been done admirably in the following texts.
Norbert Cummins OCD. £1.50
Reading the Bible with St Teresa
Emmanuel Renault OCD. £1.50
Mary Garnet OCD, using many quotes from St Teresa, leads us though St Teresa’s “method”. In a way we can say she never had a method of prayer such as St Ignatius of Loyola. But she did have some very clear ideas of what was needed in prayer and how we go about it. In the Preface Mary Garnet sums it up for us as follows: ‘St Teresa considers prayer as essentially a matter of “loving much”. It is a loving both of Christ and of one’s fellow humans, and it demands self-forgetfulness, non-possessiveness and constant perseverance. Such a love is not a spasmodic engagement of time, but a total engagement of the heart. In fact, prayer in its broadest sense is a life-style. In the following pages I shall bring together some of Teresa’s comments on these topics; many of them prove to be just as relevant today to all of us who try to meet Christ in prayer. I hope to show that authentic prayer is also a way of personal integration. It gives meaning and direction to our lives and helps us to mature into fully human persons.’
Mary Garnet OCD. £1.50
Mary Garnet OCD, has compiled and commented on these texts. The booklet is divided into three sections, one for each of the vows: Chastity, poverty and obedience. ‘Corrections made through love St Teresa’s words to M. Mary of St Joseph: “The misfortune is that the more I love, the less can I put up with any fault. I see it is foolish, for mistakes bring experience, yet if an error is serious, things never come right, so it is well to be cautious.” She writes this knowing that her corrections could be daunting if it were not known that she did it through love. She is not one to deceive herself or others about her actions.
Mary Garnet OCD. £1.50
Living Consecrated Chastity Today
This booklet is the result of the formation meeting in Oxford in 1997. There are a number of contributors: Grace Jordan, Wendy Robinson, Fr Iain Matthew OCD, Sr Mary of St Joseph OCD and Sr Anne OCD. They deal with topics like Encountering Community, Celibacy and Sexuality, Relationships, Living Consecrated Chastity, Consecration and The Theme of the Bridegroom and Bride.
‘In one sense, of course, it’s true that Christ is totally fulfilling, but that’s at the end of a long journey, I think, and not at the beginning, although, obviously there is light and sometimes great joy, peace and contentment along the way. But it is also true that emptiness, loneliness, sexual frustration, a sense of sterility, of being only half there, half alive, are part of the journey. And not only are they not taken away by Christ but I think we mustn’t deny their presence either, but must allow them to be, accept them as the privileged place in which to meet him and be led by him into a faith and love which are deepened by the experience.’ Pg. 81-82.
Carmelite Formation Meeting Oxford 1997. £3.00
This booklet is composed of the talks given by Wendy Robinson at the meeting of novice directors in 1997. ‘I decided to use the image of dragons for my talks because I’m aware when I look back that there are spiritual energies at work, that even from the earliest days … there were always different ways of talking about spiritual energies. Sometimes those that human beings found themselves subject to were called “passions”, something that people suffered. Sometimes they were called “thoughts” that had to be dealt with, the “logismoi”. And sometimes they were called “demons”. … Now when I use the great archetypal image of dragons … I don’t want you to feel that I am losing sight of the heights and depths of what the struggle between good and evil is about …’ Pg 1. The four chapters deal with Dragons; Anger; Envy and Depression.
Talks by Wendy Robinson
Intermonastic Novice Directors Meeting Larne 1997. £3.00
The Carmelite Community in the Church
Fr Maximiliano Herraiz Garcia OCD gave these talks in Spanish at the Carmelite Monastery in Darlington. They were simultaneously translated by Fr Iain Matthews OCD. The tapes were transcribed and edited. There were five talks on the following subjects: 1) Renewing the Church from within; 2) A question of being; 3) Living as Community; 4) Teresa, a Doctor in prayer; 5) Learning to live as a friend.
“When the Church needs renewal and reform we can react to it in two different ways: either by leaving it and attacking it from without, or by renewing it from within. At the time of the Reformation, Luther took the first way and St Teresa the second.” pg.1
M.H. Garcia OCD. £4.25
John Paul II on Vocations and St Therese of Lisieux
John Paul II £1.00
Secular Carmelite Order
The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
The texts in this booklet are by Frs Camilo Maccise OCD (the then General) and Eugene McCaffery OCD. Fr Camilo’s paper is the discussion and approval which he came to at the meeting between the O. Carm and the OCD’s, what the scapular is, what it is not and what it means. Fr Eugene goes into the history and the prayer side of the scapular tradition. “The special devotion of the Carmelite Order has always been devotion to Our Lady, and emphasis on prayer and contemplation. Scapular devotion should, therefore, reflect this experience of Mary as the woman of prayer, the perfect contemplative.” Pg. 16
Part 1 Fr Camilo Maccise OCD
Part 2 Eugene McCaffrey OCD £1.25
Mary Magdalen de’Pazzi
The word is love
This book written is by Jennifer Moorcraft who has a good knowledge of Carmelite Spirituality. It is about the life and Spirituality of St Mary Magdalene de Pazzi. She entered Carmel on the 1st December 1582 in Florence, about the time of St Teresa’s reformation in Spain. She lived a very austere and holy life which included her having visions. But like those who have visions it was accompanied by much suffering. “When Mary Magdalene discovered some notes that the sisters had written down of her first ecstasies she immediately burnt them. It was only her superior’s command that forbade her from doing so subsequently.” Pg.24.
Jennifer Moorcroft £3.00
General Carmelite Saints
Saints of Carmel
This book is a brief summary of the well known saints of Carmel as well as others like Elijah from the Bible (not thought of in many circles as a Saint) but viewed as the inspiration of our Order.
Ruth Obbard £2.50
Spirituality (general): His Last Words
About the Author
Alex Rebello is a priest of the Archdiocese of Bombay, India. Ordained in 1968, he has served as pastor, principal of High School and Junior College and Professor at St. Pius College, the major seminary at Mumbai, where he was also Director of Spirituality. He holds a Baccalaureate in Education, a Master’s in History and Theology and a Doctorate in Spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome. He was deputed to the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican where he served for a decade. He has travelled extensively abroad guiding retreats and conducting seminars on prayer and spirituality.
About the book:
This is one of the retreats he has given. It took me a while to get into it, but I found it very good and I hope others will do so too. The title gives the contents of the book - the last words spoken by Jesus as he was dying. This is not theological theory. It is a conversational description of what this theology is in our lives.
From page 38 in the Third Word:
Like mother like children. Like her [Mary] we must learn to say “Yes” to God. Like her we must be ready to accept God’s plans for us even when we do not understand them. Like her we must be ready to prove our fidelity by standing at the foot of the Cross. Her last recorded words in the Gospel are “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn. 2:6). She said these words to the servants at the wedding feast at Cana. She says them to us today. She leads us closer to Jesus for in doing what Jesus tells us, we will experience yet another miracle when Jesus will change the water of our humanity into the wine of his divinity. Let us take Mary into the home of our heart. Let her be the woman we love most!
Spirituality (general): Sinai and Carmel
Sinai and Carmel,
Father Fabrizio Foresti ODC has four conferences in this book of 59 pages. The first one deals with the spiritual roots used by St John of the Cross in the Ascent of Mount Carmel; General consideration of the Bible as the inspired word of God; the history of salvation; the place of our Lady in salvation history.
The evangelists show how the New Testament is the fulfilment towards which the Old Testament points. The evangelist Matthew makes this kind of connection in the simplest and clearest way. St Matthew wrote his gospel in Palestine and in Aramaic for those who believed in Jesus. He made this connection in the clearest way, in the sense that he took a text of the Old Testament and quoted it explicitly and literally, and then contrasted it with the text of the New Testament describing the new event, showing the co-relation between the two and the theological meaning of the later event. ...” pg. 53.
Fabrizio Foresti OCD. Cost: £4.00
Spirituality (general): New Testament Teachings on Prayer
New Testament Teachings on Prayer,
By John Helewa OCD. 77 pages. Father has headings which are in themselves Biblical quotes and under that he deals with quotes in a similar vein, for example: “To pray in private and without multiplying words:
1 ‘Pray to your Father in private’ (Mt. 6:5-6)
To pray from the heart
‘They are already repaid’
The necessity of a pure heart
2. ‘Do not rattle on like the pagans’ (Mt. 6:7-8)
a) ‘Do not imitate them’
b) ‘Your Father knows what you need before you ask him’”
“By offering his written word to the children of the Church as a ‘pure and perennial source of spiritual life’ – as the [Vatican II] Council puts it – the Father who is in heaven is actually inviting the faithful to learn from the sacred Scriptures the mystery and the exercise of prayer. Prayer, in fact, is a specific form in which the spiritual life is meant to unfold and flourish.
The Bible is a book of prayer by its very nature. On the one hand, it is the ‘word’ with which the heavenly Father ‘meets his children with great love and speaks with them’. On the other hand, when he prays, the believer addresses to God a word he hears from God himself – and this divine word is objectively present in the Bible as the very substance of the Bible itself. ‘We speak to him when we pray; we hear him when we read the divine sayings’ (St Ambrose, On the Duties of Ministers, I, 20, 88: PL 16,50). Introduction pg. 1
John Helewa OCD. Cost: £4.00
Spirituality (general): Patterns of Prayer
Patterns of Prayer,
By Eugene McCaffery OCD 118 pages. The chapters include Discovering prayer; prayer and presence; prayer as listening; contemplative meditation prayer and awareness; prayer and life; prayer and friendship; prayer of petition; and finally prayer and compassion.
“A lot of people start their prayers at the wrong end. They begin with themselves instead of with God. Real prayer always starts with God – with his love for us and his invitation to friendship. No matter how much we think we want God, he always wants us much more.” Pg. 29.
Eugene McCaffery OCD. Cost: £5.00
Spiritual (general) The Mystery of Prayer
The Mystery of Prayer,
This booklet (16 pages) is a translation of a talk given in French by Fr Emmanuel Renault OCD.
“... Of all human activities, prayer is really the most difficult there is. It is difficult not only for one category of Christians, for beginners for example or for ‘actives’. Prayer is difficult for everybody and it will remain so for everybody – for saints as for sinners, for people engaged in the world as for contemplatives. ...” Pg 9.
Emmanuel Renault OCD. Cost: £1.25
Spiritual (general): Pope John Paul on Prayer and Carmel
Pope John Paul on Prayer and Carmel,
By Pope John Paul II. This booklet (33 pages) was compiled to celebrate the fourth centenary of the death of St Teresa and the Papal visit to England. The first part of the booklet is about St Teresa as a woman of prayer. The second is an address given at the Generalate of the Carmelite Order by Pope John Paul II and in other places of Carmelite interest.
“... Better than anybody else, your Foundress knew that such solitude is only a means and, referring to the she said: ‘It would in truth be a great pity if we could only pray in the little corners of solitude’ ( Foundations V:16). But at the same time, she knew by experience the importance of this means, and she was well aware that the desert is the place par excellence for meeting the Lord, ...” pg. 19.
Compiled at Darlington Carmel. Cost: £1.00
Spiritual (general): Fr Marie Eugene Grialou Spiritual Master fo
Fr Marie Eugene Grialou Spiritual Master for our Times,
Raymonde Regue has written a book about a Carmelite Father (1894-1967) who was the founder Notre-Dame de Vie. In this sense it is history. It tells the story of his life and how he was led to this foundation for secular people who also wished to be part of the Carmelite Order. He was also appointed the Apostolic Visitor to the French nuns and was to help them develop a Federation. Father is probable best known for the conferences he gave which were made into the following books I want to see God and I am a daughter of the Church.
Raymond Regue. Cost: £5.00
Spirituality (general): JESUS: Contemplation of the Paschal Myst
JESUS: Contemplation of the Paschal Mystery (Holy Week Meditations),
This book (75 pages) is written by Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, who was a Carmelite Father in France who did a lot of work among secular groups, and started the Institute of Our Lady of Life.
The texts presented in this book belong to the last years of the life of Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus. They are very concrete in character. The gospel scene under consideration comes to life, even to the details. One can take part in it. One feels gripped and drawn into deep recollection, for through Father Marie-Eugene's commentary on the outward event related in the gospel, one can glimpse something of the depth of the mystery of Christ's soul, something of the 'secret designs of Wisdom concerning the children of men'. ... Pg. 1
Fr Marie Eugene OCD. Cost: £3.50
Spiritual (general): Reflections on the Passion
Reflections on the Passion, quotes from St Teresa, St John of the Cross and St Therese etc
This booklet was compiled at Darlington Carmel from the writings of the Carmelite Saints, but most especially of St Teresa. They are in the form of meditations for each station of the cross. An example is the reflection on the first station: Returning to what I was saying — the meditation upon Christ bound to the Column — it is well to reflect for a time and to think of the pains which He bore there, why He bore them, who He is that bore them and with what love He suffered them. But we must not always tire ourselves by going in search of such ideas; we must sometimes remain by His side with our minds hushed in silence. If we can, we should occupy ourselves in looking upon Him who is looking at us; keep Him company; talk with Him; pray to Him; humble ourselves before Him; have our delight in Him; and remember that He never deserved to be there. St Teresa pg 8.
Compiled at Darlington Carmel. Cost: £1.50
Spirituality (general): On Being a Contemplative
On Being a Contemplative ,
By Fr Ignatius de Pont. Father is a Spanish Carthusian monk who spent some time in England due to health problems. He has since returned to his monastery. While he was here he shared with us this book (84 pages) which seeks to lead us towards being a contemplative. There is much in it which can be useful to all.
“In saying that it is necessary to reach a life really hidden with Christ in God, I mean that a contemplative should be truly lost in God. This is not an idealistic expression, nor a dream; it is a very real disposition and should be the atmosphere in which any Christian lives who takes seriously a commitment to Jesus who emptied himself for our sake.” Pg. 13.
Ignatius De Pont. Cost:£4.00
Spirituality (general): Practical Questions on Prayer Life
Practical Questions on Prayer Life,
By Matthew McGetrick OCD. There are 91 pages. The points raised in this book were first printed in Mount Carmel magazine. This is only a selection from the original questions. There are some answers that reflect the pre-Vatican II teaching but explain why the teaching came about.
We are told we are not tempted beyond our strength. Why then do we fall?
There is question here not of our natural strength that we receive from God, and this is given to us as we lean on him for help. We should develop the habit of turning to God in all doubts and difficulties and then he will support us. ... pg. 54.
Matthew McGetrick OCD. Cost: £4.50
Spirituality (general): Practical Questions on the Spiritual Lif
Practical Questions on the Spiritual Life,
By Matthew McGetrick OCD. There are 91 pages. The points raised in this book were first printed in Mount Carmel magazine. This is only a selection from the original questions. There are some answers that reflect the pre-Vatican II teaching but explain why the teaching came about.
Is holiness for all?
I am often conscious of a deep desire to know and love God with the whole of my being. ... Is it possible for a layman such as I to aspire to such intimacy with God, ...?
... To listen to God and to obey him is the way to sanctity. Even if everyone were to do this, God would still lead only a small minority into convents and monasteries. The majority he would lead into married life or to an ordinary single life ... pg. 34.
Matthew McGetrick OCD. Cost: £4.50
Spirituality (general): The Holy Spirit in the Mystery of Christ
The Holy Spirit in the Mystery of Christ and of the Christian,
Father John Helewa OCD divides the book into two sections. The first is the Holy Spirit in the mystery of Christ. There are two chapters with sub-divisions. Then he goes on to the second theme which is The Holy Spirit in the mystery of the Christian. This is dealt with in three chapters with subsections. There are 101 pages.
“Born of the Spirit, living by the Spirit, the new man we call a Christian, is deeply marked by the stamp of the Holy Spirit, so that Paul sees fit to call him by the name of ‘spiritual man’ – pneumatikos anthrupos (1Cor. 2:15). Such a man is indeed a spiritual being, he is driven by the Spirit to think, to reason, to decide, to behave in a way that ‘natural’ man completely ignores. ...” pg 71.
John Helewa OCD. Cost: £4.50
Spirituality (general): The Searching Heart
The Searching Heart,
And practice of Contemplative Prayer together with an account of its ultimate purpose which is union with God in a relationship of perfect love. The author explains why, through this relationship, the Christian is best able to represent and serve God. ‘No matter how old we are, no matter what we have been or what we have done, no matter how totally disastrous our lives seem to us to have been, we should never give up. While we breathe there is still time. We have a friend — the greatest and truest friend of all. He will help us. He will stretch out his arms so tenderly to lift us up when we have fallen He will wash our clay clean, and our hearts too.’ Pg 66-67.
Frederick Weston. Cost: £4.50