In Context: Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, and Their World explores the social, cultural, intellectual, and religious themes that prevailed during the time in which St. Teresa of Ávila and St. John of the Cross lived and breathed. This book is not only a thematic overview but also visits particular situations in the lives of these saints: the events that shaped their writings, their lives, and the Carmelite Reform they initiated. Includes color photos and comprehensive index.
This book is sure to engage any reader interested not only in St. John of the Cross’s poetry and prose presentations of the journey to God but in the contemporary psychological underpinnings of the spiritual experience as well.
In this pivotal new book, Father Marc Foley guides the modern reader through the impasse and challenges on the spiritual journey which St. John portrays in the dark night, opening up the Mystical Doctor’s deep understanding of the experience and graced events of the purifying nights of sense and spirit. Offering theological and psychological insights coupled with his experience as a spiritual guide, the author provides an invaluable resource for those committed to the spiritual journey to better understand the challenges and invitations it can offer.
This newest volume of our popular Carmelite Studies series features twelve original contributions by contemporary scholars and theologians, experts in the Carmelite tradition. Edited by Mary Frohlich, RSCJ, this volume explores the pivotal role of biblical Wisdom in the Carmelite tradition, as well as Carmel’s perennial commitment to the following of Christ and how Carmel speaks prophetically in both time-honored and new ways to the contemporary world. The book’s theme is taken from a Carmelite Spirituality seminar held at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. In addition to essays by those original Carmelite Forum presenters, it includes new contributions from seven other respected authors and Carmelite scholars from the United States and Europe.
British author and Carmelite nun Ruth Burrows has been one of the most popular, prolific and revered spiritual writers of the past half-century. This pivotal book systematically explores Burrows’s thought and writings. In addition to first-person live interviews with Burrows, the author mines a rich collection of unpublished writings and personal correspondence. Acclaimed by reviewers as “the most comprehensive, readable introduction to Ruth Burrows presently available,” this book is also an important contribution to the field of spirituality and mysticism and will become the textbook for Burrows studies and her spirituality. Includes an appendix, index, bibliography and full listing of writings by Ruth Burrows.
Drawing upon Scripture, classic spiritual authors—especially St. John of the Cross—and her own personal experience, acclaimed author Barbara Dent examines the deep purifications we undergo as God cleanses us of sinful inclinations and ultimately transforms us in love. Using original poetry and powerful first-person prose, Dent guides us through the sufferings, temptations, upheavals and workings of grace at the deepest level of our being as we journey through the darkness of faith to new life in God.
Focusing on various aspects of the multifaceted work of Edith Stein—Teresa Benedicta of the Cross—(1891-1942), each of these thirteen international Stein scholars contributes to the important task of identifying Stein’s distinctive voice in the perennial human quest for truth. This Carmelite Studies volume offers valuable content for academics seeking further insights from Stein’s rich philosophical contributions as well as for the general reader looking for deeper understanding of St. Edith Stein’s approach to prayer, renewal or feminism. A unique opportunity to “listen” to the voice and wisdom of this 20th century philosopher, convert, Carmelite and martyr.
A helpful prayer resource in a convenient pocket size, this booklet offers selections from Scripture and from the writings of the Little Flower for each mystery, to enrich one’s reflection while praying the rosary. Includes a history of the rosary devotion, how to pray the rosary, and the prayers used for this time-honored Marian devotion.
Edith Stein and Roman Ingarden, both students of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology, corresponded extensively between 1917 and 1938. These 162 letters, most published here for the first time, reveal a friendship that spanned the adult lives of these two important 20th-century thinkers.
This engaging contemporary biography is the perfect introduction—or an enjoyable re-acquaintance—to a man whose life, writings, and spirituality have illuminated the Christian world.
Includes a reading guide to the works of St. John of the Cross, a selection from his works, 24 pages of color photos and reproductions of masterpiece artwork, and an extensive bibliography and notes.
Father Marc Foley provides substantial introductions and notes to carefully selected excerpts from John’s own writings, presented in a systematic order. This allows the book to function as both a primer of John’s teaching and a profound introduction to the contemplative way. The introduction offers a helpful biographical summary of John’s life as well as a chronology of key events in his life to situate his texts in a clear historical context. A select bibliography is included.
With lively details, Teresa recounts her travels and the events and people connected with them in her classic book, The Foundations. The Divine Adventure, produced to celebrate St. Teresa’s 500th birthday in 2015, is a fascinating armchair pilgrimage to each of these foundations and more, in full color.
Filled with hundreds of color photographs, maps, charts and historic artwork, this unique book lets the reader walk with Teresa and see the places touched by her life and holiness. Visit some of Spain’s most breathtaking sites and also get a rare glimpse into the cloistered monasteries she founded, still extant today.
Offering a fresh perspective on St. Teresa’s thought in her classic, The Way of Perfection, Father Mark O’Keefe draws our attention to the central fact that she considers the virtues—especially love of neighbor, detachment, and humility—as the essential and ever-relevant foundation for her spirituality of prayer.