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Displaying items by tag: Book Review

The second volume of Blessed Titus Brandsma’s writings has been published by Edizioni Carmelitane in Rome. The volume is entitled Titus Brandsma: Letters to the Family. The book contains over 500 pages and includes any writings still extant of the many cards and letters that Blessed Titus Brandsma wrote to his family. Included are the text of 292 letters and postcards. The correspondence are presented in chronological order and placed in their context. There are reproductions of the many postcards sent by Brandsma, which he sent primarily when he traveled. Included is the final letter he sent to his family from the Dachau Concentration camp on July 12, 1942. The first is a letter he sent to his mother, Tjitje on October 14, 1895, when Brandsma was 14 years old and studying at the Franciscan school in Megen.

This is volume two of a planned seven volume series on the writings, speeches, and letters of Brandsma.

The book can be purchased directly from Edizioni Carmelitane or from other webstores around the world.

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To place your order please contact:

Libreria Nardecchia (only in Italy)
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Edizioni Carmelitane
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Friday, 29 October 2021 13:19

Book Review: Walk With Us

This work of 176 pages collects some of the presentations given at the 2016 International Course for Formators and Vocation Promoters of the Order in Batu, Malang, Indonesia. So one would logically think it is for those involved in Carmelite formation programs. And you would be correct.

The title however, with its subtitle Growing in the Contemplative Dimension of One’s Life, would indicate its focus on something much larger than topics in Carmelite formation programs. And you would be correct. In fact, I picked the book up because of its apparent focus on how to develop one’s contemplative side. I was not disappointed.

This book really has four possible audiences: formators but not necessarily of Carmelite programs; those interested in the Bible as a source of contemplation and specifically the Carmelite history of contemplation; some of the psychological aspects of human development; and vocation ministry. There is something for people of each focus in one or the other parts of the book.

The schedule of the conference called for conferences to be held in the morning and practices of contemplative prayer in the afternoon—a purposeful integration of theory and practice.

I wish to focus here on the first two talks. The first talk, The Bible as the Source of Contemplation, is, as its author Carmelite Berthold Pareira states upfront, “not about contemplation in the Bible but about the Bible as the source of contemplation.” Fr. Pareira takes the reader through a myriad of examples to bring home this point. What is most appreciative is that it a practical guide to liturgy, the psalms, the Song of Songs, and contemplation.

The second talk is a historical review of contemplation in Carmelite history by German Carmelite Michael Plattig. But do not let yourself fall into thinking this is just another history lesson. I have had the pleasure of hearing Plattig “live” on a couple of occasions. But his written word is just as engaging. The material he presents is thought provoking even for those who have heard conferences before on the Order’s long history with the practice of contemplation.

Other chapters in the book focus on two talks by Quinn Conners, O. Carm.: “The ability to give love and give of oneself” and “The capacity for responsible are and stewardship, expressed in ‘service in the midst of the people;’” and two talks by Spanish Carmelite Desiderio García Martínez: “With other eyes: accompanying formandi in a multicultural community that grows through contemplation” and “We are going to build ourselves a city: accompanying formandi growing in contemplation in the presence of the influence of technology.” The book concludes with two chapters on vocations ministry. One is by Daryl Moresco on “The theological basis of vocation promotion.” The other is by Irvin Mangmang on “Rising to the Challenge of Vocation Ministry in the 21st Century: the Philippine Experience.”

The book is published by Edizioni Carmelitane, and the price is 10 euros.

Click here to access this and other many fine publications at Edizioni Carmelitane.

To place your order please contact:

Libreria Nardecchia
TEL.: (+39) 06-5373901
FAX: (+39) 06-5373902
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edizioni Carmelitane
TEL.: +39-0646201807
FAX: +39-0646201808
C.C.P.: 14069009
BIC/SWIFT: BPPIITRRXXX
IBAN: IT67 Z076 0103 2000 0001 4069 009
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Wednesday, 29 September 2021 12:47

Brandsma Writings Now Available in English

Edizioni Carmelitane announces that the first of a multi volume series of the writings of Titus Brandsma is now available. The book has received very positive reviews with great anticipation for the publication of the remaining volumes. What sets this series apart is that it captures Brandsma in his own words and not through the filter of later studies.

Entitled Titus Brandsma: Mysticism in Action, this first volume of 287 pages, shows Titus as “a philosopher, priest, leader of Catholic schools and Catholic journalism, as a brother to Carmelites, member of his family, native Frisian, a free and authentic thinker, a champion of peace, activist against poverty, pro animal welfare, a prisoner, and a faithful martyr.” The book brings Brandsma alive by reprinting letters from Brandsma to a variety of friends and family as well as others, as well as some of his speeches and entries he authored in encyclopedias.

Among the writings included is Brandsma’s famous address, The Idea of God (Godsbegrip) to the community of the Catholic University of Nijmegan when he became rector magnificus in 1932. Brandsma’s very wide range of interests in many areas of life are represented here. He developed an explicitly Christian perspective on whatever topic he studied. Of course, we see the beginnings of his commitment to truth. It was this commitment that brought him into direct confrontation with the Nazi authorities and ultimately led to his murder for the faith.

Whether you consider yourself an expert on Brandsma or this is your first encounter with this fascinating Carmelite, this book will hold your interest.

To access the many fine publications at Edizioni Carmelitane, click here.

To place your order please contact:

Libreria Nardecchia
TEL.: (+39) 06-5373901
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E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Edizioni Carmelitane
TEL.: +39-0646201807
FAX: +39-0646201808
C.C.P.: 14069009
BIC/SWIFT: BPPIITRRXXX
IBAN: IT67 Z076 0103 2000 0001 4069 009
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Available in other Carmelite Bookshops Worldwide

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Thursday, 16 September 2021 14:49

Feast of St. Albert Of Jerusalem, The Law Giver

Sometime before 1214, Albert, as Patriarch of Jerusalem, wrote a Formula Vitae to guide the lives of the community on Mount Carmel into greater holiness.

Read more here

Watch the Reflections on St. Albert of Jerusalem with Br. Patrick Mullins O. Carm here

Watch the Interview with Br. Patrick Mullins O. Carm, an expert on  St. Albert, here

 

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Our latest book on Titus Brandsma

We are happy to announce the publication of an English translation of the authoritative biography of Titus Brandsma, O. Carm., by Miguel Arribas, O. Carm.

Watch this short presentation of the book here

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