An introduction to carmelite spirituality peter slattery on. The first hermits, some probably lay pilgrims, and others former crusaders, came together toward the end of the 12th century to a place well known in scripture for the presence and deeds of the prophet elijah. The rhythm of carmelite life, established by these first hermits, is marked by collective and individual solitude, which creates an atmosphere in which. Mar 02, 2012 ec2006 father greg homeming, ocd carmelite spirituality duration. Carmelite spirituality carmelite community of the word. Michigan, and for the past several years, the introduction to spirituality course for collegelevel seminarians and lay pastoral ministers at sacred heart seminary in detroit, and most recently a graduate level course at the seminary in the area of evangelization and spirituality.
Blog carmelite spirituality carmelite sisters of the. Carmelite spirituality and saints introduction the purpose of this paper is to discuss discalced carmelite spirituality, especially as represented by three of the orders great saints and two of its blessed. Three recently published workbooks offer great promise as aids for readers spiritual progress in 2016. Carmelite spirituality is a way of following jesus christ and walking the path of the gospel. Nine themes in carmelite spirituality british province of carmelites. Reduced to its most fundamental expression, carmelite spirituality is centred on prayer, understood as loving friendship with god, and contemplation as the free gift of god. Fundamental values of carmelite spirituality most rev. He is an expert in carmels spirituality from the middle ages up to the present. There are many carmelite saint books that you can read to learn more about carmelite spirituality. And about the importance of prayer and spending time with god.
They will include the traditional values of prayer, community, and ministry that every religious group seems to emphasize when speaking or writing about its spirituality. Carmelite spirituality today published in ascent page 42 carmelite spirituality today the purpose of this presentation is to place carmelite spirituality in the context of the renewed vision of christian life today and to make some applications to the life of the carmelite. He is an expert in carmels spirituality from the mid dle ages up to the present day he has served his province as provincial delegate for lay carmel. The origins of the carmelite order come from that very place, mount carmel, where crusaders and others settled into a common hermit life. Indeed, he was pope for so long, and did so much in so many spheres, that a full account of his activities is perhaps nearly impossible, especially for. Carmelite writings carmelite books carmelite monks.
Carmelite spirituality is characterised by an intense thirst for an immediate and direct experience. In the carmelite tradition steven payne, ocd, brings together representative voices to demonstrate the richness and depth of carmelite spirituality. The fundamental elements of carmelite spirituality. The carmelite spirituality of john paul ii paul radzilowski. John soreth is a prior general who dramatically changed carmelite life for the better. Carmelite spirituality is characterised by an intense thirst for an immediate and direct experience of god. So it follows that by examining its origins, searching the rule, the lives and writings of the orders great saints that the soul of carmel is revealed and, at the same time, carmelite spirituality is made manifest.
The way of perfection by teresa of avila, story of a soul. After the rise of protestantism and the devastation of the french wars of religion, a spirit of reform. The links below give some flavour of that spirituality and thought both from the distant past. Carmelite spirituality carmelite spirituality is rooted in the vita apostolica movement of the 12th and th centuries and flowers with a particular brilliance in the 16thcentury spanish reformation, 17thcentury france and again in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carmelite spirituality is christian spirituality not an idiosyncratic or esoteric spirituality. Over many years of daily mental prayer and the practice of virtue, a soul can be lead by the way of contemplation to the heights of union with god. This revised edition offers a classic overview of the principal texts, themes, and teachings of carmel. The desert in carmelite spirituality catholic exchange. The store stocks a widerange of books on prayer, catholicism, spirituality and carmelite spirituality in particularto nourish spiritual growth and development.
Malley fundamental values of carmelite spirituality. Most likely a mystic himself, he was also an expert in the writings of such venerated carmelite mystics as st. Carmelite spirituality the website of the carmelite. Carmelite spirituality is one of the most popular in the church today. Today, the difference between the two orders is insignificant, according to fr. Anne of jesus created a fortuitous blend of carmel with french spirituality. Carmelite spirituality traditional carmelite carmelite. Therese the limitless loving devotion to god, and the gift god makes of himself to you, are the highest elevation of which the heart is capable.
Traditional carmelite carmelite spirituality for those. Vatican ii so described the church as prophet first, whose duty is to proclaim the word, and king and priest afterwards, both functions being extensions of. Carmelite spirituality, as laid out by albert for the hermits, is a spirituality of the word of god. Carmelite spirituality teresian tradition paulmarie of the cross, kathryn sullivan translator, sullivan, kathryn, steven payne on. Vatican ii so described the church as prophet first, whose duty is to proclaim the word, and king and priest afterwards, both functions being extensions of the role of prophet. He is an expert in carmels spirituality from the mid dle ages up to the present day. Carmelite books by carmelite saints including carmelite saint autobiographies contact the carmelite vocations director here. This book is an overview of carmelite spirituality. Teresa of jesus, john of the cross, therese of the child jesus, edith stein.
Characteristics of discalced carmelite spirituality. Saint teresa of avila the interior castle pt1of12 duration. He is the source and summit of every moment of our day from our early mornings filled with prayer to the daily overflowing of that prayer into our loving service of gods people. As such, contrary to some popular misconceptions, it is not reserved to a select group within the church or to a spiritually elite, but is accessible to all whom the spirit calls to follow this way. Carmelite spirituality in the workplace by elizabeth m. Institute of carmelite studies and is a frequent lecturer in both the u. By sister isabelle, ocd most sacred heart of jesus, i place my trust in you. Yet apart from specialists there is not much known, especially about the earlier part of our heritage. This presentation was given by the former prior general of the carmelite order during the 4th international lay carmelite congress held at sassone, rome, in september 2006, which had as. She eventually became a carmelite nun with the name teresa benedicta of the cross and died with her fellow jews in the gas chambers of the auschwitz. Our carmelite spirituality begins on mount carmel in the holy land. While carmelite spirituality flowers with particular brilliance in the sixteenth century. John of the cross, and also has done undergraduate work in psychology and. Traditional carmelite carmelite spirituality for those with.
Carmelite spirituality is a spirituality of the word of god. Spirituality carmelite sisters of the most sacred heart. Teresa of jesus, carmelite spirituality was all about love of christ, and consoling him who is so offended by sin. Every carmelite monastery harkens back to the picturesque mount carmel in the holy land, just an hours drive west of nazareth and overlooking the mediterranean sea. The carmelites, formally known as the order of the brothers of the blessed virgin mary of mount carmel latin. Each chapter has a set of questions for reflection, which would make it a good choice for a group study. Ocds annual day of recollection retreat saturday, january 30, 2016 at mt. Mary, the mother of carmel, is the primary example for all carmelites in her posture of listening to gods word and embracing it in all aspects of her life. The carmelites figure prominently in some of these courses. A practical synthesis of carmelite spirituality vol i bl. Teresa left us on attaining to contemplation and an intimate union with god. Characteristics of discalced carmelite spirituality offered. We invite you to join us on the path up mount carmel. Carmelite spirituality in the teresian tradition paulmarie of the cross, ocd translated by kathryn sullivan, rscj edited by steven payne, ocd this revised edition offers a classic overview of the principal texts, themes, and teachings of carmel.
Catholic radio radio maria august 07, 2014 susan conroy. The carmelites, formally known as the order of the brothers of the blessed virgin mary of. Every vocation is a mystery and maria teresa has just begun her journey of faith. Carmelite books and resources carmelite spirituality for. He has served his province as provincial delegate for lay carmel. The carmelite sisters invite you to unite with us in celebrating the entrance into aspirancy of maria teresa. Slattery gives a very, very brief synopsis of the great carmelite saints, teresa of avila, therese of lisieux, john of. Nov 07, 20 it may therefore seem that carmelite spiritualitywith its emphasis on the internal life and contemplative prayermust have had little relevance to his most significant activities, whatever intellectual interest it may have possessed for him. Articles on carmelite spirituality or by carmelites. Albert, the carmelite understanding of prayer, and the message of sts. Book and gift shop carmelite institute of spirituality.
These are the last words that our religious family says together each night as we kneel before jesus in the tabernacle. Bishop blanc invited the sisters to come to new orleans to run a school. Spirituality the twofold end of the congregation is to combine the practice of the apostolic with the contemplative life by following the way of the prophet saint elias, the leader and father of all carmelites. Carmelite spirituality is blessed with many holy people who have modeled this way of life throughout history. Spirituality carmelite sisters of the most sacred heart of. In 1930, became the aggregate of the carmelite order. In the comfortable setting of a noble family, that began to call her lucrezia, after her paternal grandmother, the young girl grew up peacefully and with a certain sensitivity to the. Carmelites will have heard about three outstanding 20th century carmelites. Ec2006 father greg homeming, ocd carmelite spirituality duration. The order of our lady of mount carmel counts among its members many mystics and many saints, its roots are plunged deep in the old testament, its mission is specifically spiritual and yet at no time in the past does it seem to have made any special effort to define its spirituality. The rhythm of carmelite life, established by these first hermits, is marked by collective and individual solitude, which creates an atmosphere in which union with god is achieved through. A rich collection of articles with topics devoted to carmelite spirituality, including the specific spirituality of teresa of avila, edith stein, st. I will of course draw heavily on my two years experience in the order, and contact with. Nine themes in carmelite spirituality patrick thomas mcmahon, o.
Carmelite spirituality is christian spirituality it is not reserved to a select group within the church or to a spiritually elite, but is accessible to all whom the spirit calls to follow this way. By carmelite spirituality we understand a way of sensing and living the gospel from certain premises that were born from the experience of the great prophets of the discalced carmelite family. What is spirituality a guide to spiritual disciplines and. As he writes, carmelite spirituality seeks nothing more nor less than to stand before the face of the living god and prophesy with elijah, to hear the word of god and keep it with mary, to grow. In chile, the teenage saint of the roaring twenties, now known as teresa of the andes, witnessed to the joy of a deep and loving union with jesus. As carmelite monks, we strive to follow the many teachings st. Blog carmelite spirituality carmelite sisters of the most. A some even credit his reforms for enabling the carmelite order to survive the spiritual earthquake. For those of us who work, we spend almost of our time each week, in the workplace im assuming a. Walking in the footsteps of jesus with elijah and mary is a wonderful, deeply satisfying life. This book is an outstanding synthesis of carmelite spirituality. Nine themes of carmelite spirituality lay carmelites. Carmelite spirituality for a carmelite published in retorno page 34 church and the order.
Spirituality is a search for meaning, for purpose and direction in life. The links below give some flavour of that spirituality and thought both from the distant past and also from our own days. A prayer from combining vocal and mental prayer in which we. Carmel, two saints, john of the cross and teresa of avila began the carmelite order. Albert, the carmelite understanding of prayer, and the message of. Carmelite spirituality today published in ascent page 42 carmelite spirituality today the purpose of this presentation is to place carmelite spirituality in the context of the renewed vision of christian life today. Articles on carmelite spirituality or by carmelites carmelite spirituality index throughout the centuries a particular spirituality has developed within the carmelite order with mount carmel being a constant theme along with the twin themes of mary and elijah. Carmelite spirituality in the workplace by elizabeth m korves ocds this is the text of a talk given at the ocds national congress in st louis, mo on oct 1, 2005. Anthony cilia, director of the international carmelite information center, carmelite general curia. Each of these saints and their schools of spirituality followed the same christ, and all participated as religious in the one church that he had founded, but they. Marc foley is a nationally recognized expert on the teachings of st. Miriam of the holy spirit jessica powers, and others, combine to present the essential spirituality of the.
Carmelite liturgy and spiritual identity brepols online. This book begins with st teresas 4th mansions and st. Thankfully, the carmelite order has a number of knowledgeable individuals who can easily explain st. One of the beautiful aspects of carmel is the depths of writings from canonized carmelite saints. Carmelite history and spirituality history of the teresian reform. She says in the way of perfection, indeed all i cared for then, as i do now, was that, as the enemies of god are so many and his friends so few, these latter. The carmelite bookstore and gift shop is located at 27004 78th ave. For those of us who work, we spend almost of our time each week, in the workplace im assuming a full time job here. Carmelite spirituality in the teresian tradition ics. Carmelite spirituality the website of the carmelite order.1397 929 1380 237 845 323 215 1470 48 1009 554 163 197 1165 36 1392 102 1176 625 455 1304 788 394 1287 1024 10 1405 1470 1228