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St. John of the Cross


Forum 2012
St. Teresa of Avila and
Other Carmelite Voices
(4 CD Set)

Teresa’s World:
Family, Friends, Country, Church and Order
Keith J. Egan, T.O. Carm.

Keith J. Egan shows us the life of Teresa of the Child Jesus through the relationships she had to each of the groups mentioned in the title. These perspectives give us a worldview to understand Teresa’s World and her desire for Carmel and its renewal and growth. Leading from her first relationships, her family, into ultimately the family God would call her to, one can see that Teresa was constantly led by God throughout her life into a loving vocation with Him.

John of the Cross and The Living Flame of Love

Kieran Kavanaugh, O.C.D.

The Living Flame of Love is one of John of the Cross’ works directly written for the laity. Requested by Doña Ana de Peñalosa, the four stanza poem and its late commentary help us to understand John’s approach to the ideas of purification, union with God, mystical experiences and purifying love of Christ. This work shows us that John’s discoveries about the spiritual life are meant for each and every person, not just those in religious or priestly vocations.

Her Mother’s Daughter: Edith Stein

Fran Horner, O.C.D.

Sr. Fran Horner discusses if Edith Stein was indeed a ‘daughter’ of Holy Mother Teresa of Jesus, in spite their many differences. Edith Stein’s views on truth and her desire to find the truth in its own right led her to enter Carmel and find closeness to God. In this way, she exemplifies Carmelite spirituality for the search of the living God. This search makes her a daughter of Saint Teresa of Jesus, who also made this same journey in her life.

Teresa’s Our Father: A Catechism on Prayer

Daniel Chowning, O.C.D.

Father Daniel Chowning shows us that for Teresa’s sisters, the desire for her guidance in prayer to the Father is similar to the disciples approaching Jesus. She presented to them her Father, the same Father that Jesus lovingly referred to as Abba. Father Chowning discusses her meditations on the Our Father, and how it corresponds to her surrounding culture, her life experiences and her own attempt to draw close to God. Teresa accepts the promise of the Gospel of Matthew that the only prayer one truly needs is the Our Father, made always in an act of love.