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.
Catholic education, jurnalist, martyr, catholic press, Dachau, Spiritual Life, Nijmegen, sermons, studies, spiritual odyssey, mysticism, contemplation, The Experience of God, mystical phenomena, Trust in God, Role of Mary in bringing Jesus to man, defence on the faith, Joy, Carmel cannot be without Mary, St. Teresa of Avila, mystical life, metodical prayer, Blessed John Soreth, spiritul retreat, Light on Carmel, Meditation, The Scapular, Prison, Prisoner
(Second printing: 2004)
Mary, the Patroness of Carmel, serves as model, inspiration, and companion for every Carmelite as they endeavour to follow Jesus Christ. In this volume, Fr. Valabek examines how Mary influenced the lives and spirituality of Carmel, and particularly of fifteen different Carmelites. These figures include St. Teresa of Avila, St. Mary Magdalene de’ Pazzi, Ven. Michael of St. Augustine and Ven. Marie Petijt.
Fr. Redemptus Valabek, here presents the story of Carmel’s particular devotion to the Mother of the Lord.
Mary, Mother of Carmel, however, is not based merely on his love of what has been: it is solidly gorunded in the here and now. He draws upon the past, to be sure, but only as a plateau from which he would lead us through the present and into the future.
Fr. Valabek shows us the impotance of Mary today: the Mary of the Bible, the Woman of Pentecost, the Mother of the Church.
This work, to appear in two volumes, examines the early documents of Carmelite Order and the written reflections of Carmel’s brothers and sisters through the centuries to the present time.
Devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Blessed Mary, Source of Carmel, Marian Presence, Marian Humanist, Arnold Bostio, Baptist of Mantua, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of Cross, Mary the Sun of Carmel, St. Magadalene de’ Pazzi, Poetry, Pedro de Padilla, Patristic Roots, Marian Devotion, Miguel Carranza, Mystical Experience, John of Saint Samson, Patroness of Carmel, The Scapular, Mary’s Preacher
4 color illustrations. (Second printing: 2001)
The Carmelite School of prayer has influenced many throughout the centuries. Fr. Valabek studies this history, highlighting the people and events that helped to promote this contemplative way at the service at the Church.
In this brief historical sketch, brings to our attention some of the writings of those who have played a significant role in the spiritual formation of Carmelites. Bigining with the Rule of Carmel, he take us along the path of prayer in Carmel Pointing out the landmarks. Roots of Carmelite Prayer, Liturgical Prayer, The Cult of the Virgin Mary, Michael Aiguani, Nicholas of France, John Soreth, Devotion to Carmel’s Mother and Patroness and Beauty, The Mantuan Reform, Silvestrani Brenzone, John Baptist Rossi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Juan Sanz, Irradiation of Carmelite Prayer, Miguel de la Fuente, St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi, Tourain Reform, Philippe Ribot, a Life of familiarity with God, John of St. Samson, transforming union, Michael of St. Augustine, Maria Petyt, Seraphina of God, Emanuel de Casta, Jesus Prayer, José de S. Anna Pereira, John of the Cross Brenninger, Bartholomew Maria Xiberta, Devotio Moderna, Carmelite Charims (Third printing: 2007)