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Divine Intimacy Leather Bound – October 1, 2014
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This book of meditations is meant for all priests, seminarians, religious, the devout laity, all who aspire to greater union with God: that is, to divine intimacy. -- Pope St. John XXIII <br \><br \>This Book of Meditations on the interior life for every day of the liturgical year is a pearl of great price. For spiritual reading and personal prayer, it is a treasure, providing sound guidance on the journey of prayer, and a safe companion on the road to holiness and to intimate union with God. -- Bishop Philip Boyce O.C.D, Bishop of Raphoe, Ireland --Divine Intimacy<br \><br \>This book was actually published a couple years ago. In fact I bought it almost a year ago but am just getting to showing it off to you now. I have very little to say about it except that I love it. Baronius did a nice job with it. I do not have a spiritual director and so I tend to use this book for sound advice with spiritual questions when I can't get to a priest-confessor. Its awesome. The book leads you through daily meditations and prayers and is attached to the older Roman calendar. Novus Ordo attendees can use it too but they will need to make sure they count Sundays after Pentecost rather than Ordinary Time Sundays... ...If you do not pray the Divine Office for whatever reason, this book may be a good substitute. There are two meditations per day so one could have a morning and an evening meditation.... You will believe me after the first use. --A review by Matt of the Absolutely No Spin blog, edited for this posting<br \><br \>Divine Intimacy .... is a beautiful leather bound volume put out by Baronius Press. I have it and use it daily. It is a valuable Carmelite spiritual resource which gives you meditations through the liturgical year. Anyone can benefit it every day, though it follows the older, traditional Roman calendar. It would be a good gift for someone who participates mostly in the Extraordinary Form, though everyone can follow it equally well. --Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, October 18, 2011 on his blog (WDTPRS.Com/Blog). Slightly edited for this posting --Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, October 18, 2011 on his blog (WDTPRS.Com/Blog). --Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, October 18, 2011 on his blog (WDTPRS.Com/Blog). Slightly edited for this posting
Baronius Press has re-released this volume and they have done an excellent job with it. The Baronius edition is very well produced with sewn binding (making it a good candidate for rebinding). The paper is also of a high quality and the fext is printed in a highly readable font. This book follows the 1962 calendar, but not to fear, it is very easy to use and is completely useable for those who follow the Novus Ordo calendar. --Timothy McCormick, Catholic Bibles Blog, Dec. 2014
In my mind, it (Divine Intimacy) is a mystical Summa of Carmelite teaching, as well as that of the other great Catholic mystics and saints. An absolute must-own. - Jason Liske, Ascent of Carmel, June 2013<br \><br \>It has been over five years since Baronius Press first published their fine edition of this classic. Based on the English language version originally released in 1964, the Baronius edition is leather bound with quality end paper, gilded pages and features two color ribbons. Additionally, its durable binding is designed to withstand years of reading. --One Peter Five, Finding Divine Intimacy, Feb. 23, 2015
About the Author
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. (1893 - 1953) was a Discalced Carmelite priest who became one of the most revered masters of the spiritual life. He acquired a vast knowledge of the ways that lead to holiness and to union with God. His experience with souls, whom he guided to the heights of perfection, was outstanding. He was an expert in the spiritual and mystical doctrine of St. Teresa of Jesus (Avila) and of St. John of the Cross. The Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of St. Joseph in Rome were the heirs of the Father Gabriel's vast output of published works and private manuscripts. For ten years, he guided these nuns as their confessor and spiritual director, and it was they who helped him to arrange his material in line with the course of the liturgical year, while following the ascent of the soul to transforming union with God, or to Divine Intimacy.
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The English version was written before the reformed liturgical calendar of the Second Vatican Council and it can be difficult to follow as you attempt to correlate the old calendar days with the new calendar in use. It is more than useful for beginners or more advanced lovers of holy meditation as they look for material to use for a daily period or periods of prayerful meditation. The more you use the text the easier it becomes to use it and the more fruit you discover for your spiritual journey.
The Preface that the author wrote in 1952 contains an excellent description of the "method" of Teresian Carmelite meditation (from St. Teresa of Avila, the 16th century mystic and founder of the Carmelite reform). No one method is useful to every soul but the little outline he presents can be used or modified as needed.
If this book sounds like something you might be interested in I would suggest that you make time every day to sit with it and use the text to invite the Spirit into your inner self and begin to meditate. St. Teresa defined mental prayer as "friendly intercourse and frequent solitary converse with Him Who we know loves us". You can't read a section quickly and begin other activities. You must take time to read the preparation and then actually converse with God or just rest in silence to be in God's presence. It isn't a bedside table book. This book is a marvelous aid in your quiet period of meditation.
If you purchase the book just DO IT. Just BE in God's presence. You will want to take time as you read the reflections so make sure that you have made the quiet time to begin. Carmelite nuns and monks do at least two one hour periods a day of meditation. Carmelite Seculars do at least one 30 minute period a day. It can be done and you will begin to look forward to it.
If you're not a Carmelite, nor an appreciator of Carmelite spirituality, nor a person of Carmelite tendencies, the book may be hard, at first; but it opens its treasures with assiduous application. If you are a person who has been praying and meditating for years and looking for the next step, this book is probably for you; a finer single-volume compendium on the art of Christian prayer you'd be hard pressed to find, as it is primer, teacher, and treasure-trove all rolled into one.
Those who are familiar with or worship through pre-Vatican II liturgies will find this book very helpful. Those who use multi-volume compendia that survey the full sweep of Christian doctrine will likewise find this book helpful, if they have been looking for a way to make a leap in mental prayer and the interior life.
Prepare to be amazed. The book is not magic: one has to apply oneself to the mental prayer; one may not like a Carmelite approach (though I believe the presentation is ample and capacious enough to admit of usage by various schools of prayer, or by one not committed to a particular school); but when one does apply oneself, reading the section on Teresian prayer (which is actually quite simple) and then praying the meditations, mental prayer and spiritual life take on new dimensions and reach new heights. If you've read this far, this is the book you've been looking for.