Carmelite Wisdom and Prophetic Hope: Treasures Both New and Old (Carmelite Studies 11)

Carmelite Studies

Book 11
ICS Publications
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This newest volume of Carmelite Studies reflects the remarkable resurgence in Carmelite scholarship, especially throughout the English-speaking world, in recent decades. Several authors in the present volume are among the pioneers who made the latest in Carmelite scholarship available to an ever wider audience. Their voices are joined by those of other recognized scholars and theologians who continue to mine the rich heritage of this ancient tradition.

These twelve essays particularly focus on wisdom, hope, and prophecy, especially as understood and practiced in the Carmelite tradition. Weaving rich insights from the theme throughout these essays, the authors show the honored place of wisdom and prophetic hope and action from the Order’s origins on Mount Carmel and the Rule in the 12th century, to the teachings of the saints and Doctors of the Church Teresa of Ávila and John of Cross in the 16th, to the 21st century where Carmelite wisdom speaks prophetically and challenges Carmelites and all women and men of prayer in ever new ways.

This volume, tracing the contribution of Carmel’s richness from the hermit life at the prophet Elijah’s wadi to the challenges and invitations of the contemporary world, is an excellent resource for personal study as well as an invaluable tool for Carmelite formation, study groups, and anyone wanting to explore the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, biblical Wisdom, contemplation and prophetic action.

Includes a helpful introduction outlining each essay’s focus, notes for each essay, biographical sketches of the contributors, and a fully linked, comprehensive index.


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A strength of Carmel is its extensive literary tradition, providing rich material for study, reflection, prayer, and apostolic action. From 1983 to 2013, a group of Carmelite and Discalced Carmelite men and women gathered to study their shared tradition. This Carmelite Forum sponsored annual summer seminars in Carmelite spirituality at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana. The seminars’ talks and workshops utilized past and present scholarship on the tradition.


The title of this newest Carmelite Studies volume is based on the theme of the 2009 Carmelite spirituality seminar, “Carmel’s Search for Wisdom: Prayer and Contemplation.”

The study of Wisdom, identified by Christians with the Son of God, confirms Carmel’s perennial commitment to the following of Jesus Christ and demonstrates the centrality of the humanity of Jesus in Carmelite spirituality.

Carmelite Wisdom and Prophetic Hope also shows how in recent decades Carmel has become more aware of its prophetic inheritance. The figure of the prophet Elijah, for example, has emerged as a balance to Carmel’s interiority and to an individualized spirituality. Following the church’s own clearer expression of justice as integral to the Gospel, Carmel has become more available and responsive to our contemporary world’s hunger for community, justice, and depth of meaning. Carmelite wisdom recognizes that contemplation is never for its own sake, but should be the deepest source of compassion for our world.

The contributors and their respective essays are:

Part I: Orientations to Wisdom and Prophetic Hope, Ancient and New

Mary Frohlich, RSCJ

“Contemplative Wisdom for An Axial Age: The Carmelite Tradition”

Keith J. Egan, T.OCarm.

“Wisdom: A Many-Splendored Tradition”

Constance Fitzgerald, OCD

“From Impasse to Prophetic Hope: Crisis of Memory”

Kees Waaijman, OCarm

“The Wisdom of Work in the Carmelite Rule”

Part II: Wisdom and Prophetic Hope in John of the Cross


Daniel Chowning, OCD

“John of the Cross: A Spirituality of Wisdom”

Vilma Seelaus, OCD

“Carmelite Mysticism as Theology: John of the Cross’s Theology of the Human Person”

Kevin Culligan, OCD

“The Wisdom of Emptiness”

Edward Howells

“O Guiding Night! The Psychology of Hope in John of the Cross’s Dark Night”

Part III: Prophetic Intimations from Teresa of Ávila


Sandra M. Schneiders, IHM

“The Jesus Mysticism of Teresa of Avila: Its Importance for Theology and Contemporary Spirituality”

Mary Frohlich, RSCJ

“How Love Transforms: Teresa and the Impact of Sanctity”

Tara Soughers

“Seeking Wisdom in Common Vocal Prayers: Teresa of Ávila’s Response to the Banning of Vernacular Books on Prayer”

Gillian T. W. Ahlgren

“The Prophetic Charism of the Mystical Life: The Model of Teresa of Jesus”


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 In addition to exploring and dialoging with others in the history of philosophy as well as her contemporaries, Edith Stein—Teresa Benedicta of the Cross— (1891-1942) has added her own voice to some of the fundamental questions that have been taken up by great minds over the centuries, from Aristotle to Aquinas and beyond. Stein did not simply bring together the work of the various great philosophers and theologians; rather, she delved into their work after having first wrestled with the topics themselves.

These fifteen essays by leading international Stein scholars demonstrate the breadth and depth Stein’s writings offer: a wide terrain for scholarly exploration as well as for the general reader seeking to glean St. Edith Stein’s wisdom on prayer, renewal and feminism. This newest Carmelite Studies volume offers a unique opportunity to “listen” to the voice and wisdom of this 20th century philosopher, convert, Carmelite and martyr.

Includes a fully linked comprehensive index, a complete list of all editions of Edith Stein’s works in both German and English, and biographical sketches of the contributors.

Edith Stein is one of the most significant German-Jewish women of the 20th century. At age twenty-five she became the first assistant to Edmund Husserl, the founder of Phenomenology. She was in great demand as a writer and lecturer after her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Later, as a Discalced Carmelite nun, she continued her intellectual pursuits until, like so many others, she became a victim of Nazi persecution that raged across Eastern Europe. She died in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. In 1998 she was canonized a saint.


In recent decades there has been a worldwide upsurge of interest in Stein’s philosophical contributions, as well as her approach to spirituality, prayer, and feminism. This volume is intended as a contribution to that interest.


By focusing on various aspects of Stein’s multifaceted work, each of these thirteen scholars contributes to the important task of identifying Stein’s distinctive voice in the perennial human quest for truth.


This pivotal book is a unique opportunity to “listen” to the voice and wisdom of this 20th-century philosopher, convert, Carmelite and martyr. That voice beckons us to connect with the wisdom of the past, to pay close attention to the many achievements of the human spirit in the present, and to draw on our individual experience and talents, and add our own contributions.


The authors and their respective essays are:

Ann Astell“Carmel in Cologne, Echt and Auschwitz: Edith Stein’s Last Journeys and the Meaning of Place in Exile”Angela Ales Bello“The Spiritual Life and Its Degrees According to Edith Stein”
“Edith Stein: Between Husserl and Thomas Aquinas: Phenomenology and Christian Philosophy”Prudence Allen, RSM“The Passion of Edith Stein—Revisited”Sarah Borden Sharkey“Value, Emotions, and Edith Stein”Johanna Valiquette“Edith Stein’s Metaphysics: Body, Soul, Spirit”Kathleen Haney“Images of the Unseen: Stein’s Semiotics of Mystical Theology”
“Genesis and Beyond: Phenomenological Feminism in St. John Paul II and St. Edith Stein”Michael F. Andrews“Faith and Phenomenon: Edith Stein on the Paradox of Prayer”John Sullivan, O.C.D.“Edith Stein and Renewal: ‘The New Spirit Already Exists and Will Prevail’”Walter Redmond“A Purely Formal Conclusion: God Exists”Mette Lebech“Edith Stein and Martin Heidegger: On the Meaning of Being”Antonio Calcagno“Being, Aevum, and Nothingness: Edith Stein on Death and Dying”Michael R. Paradiso-Michau“Empathy and the Face: Edith Stein and Emmanuel Levinas”Isobel Bowditch“Life and the Other World: Edith Stein and Michel Henry”


Ten members of the Institute of Carmelite Studies contribute to this volume honoring their Carmelite brother and colleague, Father Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD on his fifty years as a Catholic priest.

The ten essays and their respective authors are as follows:

Jesus Christ, Friend and Liberator: The Christology of St. Teresa of Avila by Daniel Chowning, OCDFair is Foul and Foul is Fair: An Interpretation of Chapter Fourteen of Book One of The Dark Night of St. John of the Cross by Marc Foley, OCDJerome Gratian's Constituciones del Cerro: An Example of Teresian Humor by Michael DoddThe Holy Spirit, Mary, and Thérèse of Lisieux by Emmanuel Sullivan, OCDBlind Hope in Divine Mercy, by Charles Niqueux translated by Salvatore Sciurba, OCD"Something Surprising:" Reflections on the Proclamation of St. Thérèse as "Doctor of the Universal Church" by Steven Payne, OCDTwo Concentration Camp Carmelites: St. Edith Stein and Père Jacques Bunel by John Sullivan, OCDLearning How to Meditate: Fifty Years in Carmel by Kevin Culligan, OCDThe Contemporary Influence of the Carmelite Mystical School by Denis Read, OCDAfterword: The Third Millennium: St. John of the Cross and Interreligious Dialogue in Asia by William Johnston, SJThe Bibliography of Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD Compiled by Regis Jordan, OCD

Through his translations of the works of Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross and his other writings and ministries, Kieran Kavanaugh has been a a major proponent of the Carmelite heritage in the English-speaking world. In his honor, his brothers offer spiritually enriching essays on Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, Edith Stein and Père Jacques Bunel. In his afterword, William Johnston, SJ, an internationally recognized authority on mysticism, stresses the importance of Saint John of the Cross for the future of interfaith dialogue in Asia.

Readers of this volume of this tenth volume of Carmelite Studies will find nourishment for their souls and a deeper appreciation of the Carmelite tradition. 

 In addition to exploring and dialoging with others in the history of philosophy as well as her contemporaries, Edith Stein—Teresa Benedicta of the Cross— (1891-1942) has added her own voice to some of the fundamental questions that have been taken up by great minds over the centuries, from Aristotle to Aquinas and beyond. Stein did not simply bring together the work of the various great philosophers and theologians; rather, she delved into their work after having first wrestled with the topics themselves.

These fifteen essays by leading international Stein scholars demonstrate the breadth and depth Stein’s writings offer: a wide terrain for scholarly exploration as well as for the general reader seeking to glean St. Edith Stein’s wisdom on prayer, renewal and feminism. This newest Carmelite Studies volume offers a unique opportunity to “listen” to the voice and wisdom of this 20th century philosopher, convert, Carmelite and martyr.

Includes a fully linked comprehensive index, a complete list of all editions of Edith Stein’s works in both German and English, and biographical sketches of the contributors.

Edith Stein is one of the most significant German-Jewish women of the 20th century. At age twenty-five she became the first assistant to Edmund Husserl, the founder of Phenomenology. She was in great demand as a writer and lecturer after her conversion from atheism to Catholicism. Later, as a Discalced Carmelite nun, she continued her intellectual pursuits until, like so many others, she became a victim of Nazi persecution that raged across Eastern Europe. She died in Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. In 1998 she was canonized a saint.


In recent decades there has been a worldwide upsurge of interest in Stein’s philosophical contributions, as well as her approach to spirituality, prayer, and feminism. This volume is intended as a contribution to that interest.


By focusing on various aspects of Stein’s multifaceted work, each of these thirteen scholars contributes to the important task of identifying Stein’s distinctive voice in the perennial human quest for truth.


This pivotal book is a unique opportunity to “listen” to the voice and wisdom of this 20th-century philosopher, convert, Carmelite and martyr. That voice beckons us to connect with the wisdom of the past, to pay close attention to the many achievements of the human spirit in the present, and to draw on our individual experience and talents, and add our own contributions.


The authors and their respective essays are:

Ann Astell“Carmel in Cologne, Echt and Auschwitz: Edith Stein’s Last Journeys and the Meaning of Place in Exile”Angela Ales Bello“The Spiritual Life and Its Degrees According to Edith Stein”
“Edith Stein: Between Husserl and Thomas Aquinas: Phenomenology and Christian Philosophy”Prudence Allen, RSM“The Passion of Edith Stein—Revisited”Sarah Borden Sharkey“Value, Emotions, and Edith Stein”Johanna Valiquette“Edith Stein’s Metaphysics: Body, Soul, Spirit”Kathleen Haney“Images of the Unseen: Stein’s Semiotics of Mystical Theology”
“Genesis and Beyond: Phenomenological Feminism in St. John Paul II and St. Edith Stein”Michael F. Andrews“Faith and Phenomenon: Edith Stein on the Paradox of Prayer”John Sullivan, O.C.D.“Edith Stein and Renewal: ‘The New Spirit Already Exists and Will Prevail’”Walter Redmond“A Purely Formal Conclusion: God Exists”Mette Lebech“Edith Stein and Martin Heidegger: On the Meaning of Being”Antonio Calcagno“Being, Aevum, and Nothingness: Edith Stein on Death and Dying”Michael R. Paradiso-Michau“Empathy and the Face: Edith Stein and Emmanuel Levinas”Isobel Bowditch“Life and the Other World: Edith Stein and Michel Henry”


Ten members of the Institute of Carmelite Studies contribute to this volume honoring their Carmelite brother and colleague, Father Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD on his fifty years as a Catholic priest.

The ten essays and their respective authors are as follows:

Jesus Christ, Friend and Liberator: The Christology of St. Teresa of Avila by Daniel Chowning, OCDFair is Foul and Foul is Fair: An Interpretation of Chapter Fourteen of Book One of The Dark Night of St. John of the Cross by Marc Foley, OCDJerome Gratian's Constituciones del Cerro: An Example of Teresian Humor by Michael DoddThe Holy Spirit, Mary, and Thérèse of Lisieux by Emmanuel Sullivan, OCDBlind Hope in Divine Mercy, by Charles Niqueux translated by Salvatore Sciurba, OCD"Something Surprising:" Reflections on the Proclamation of St. Thérèse as "Doctor of the Universal Church" by Steven Payne, OCDTwo Concentration Camp Carmelites: St. Edith Stein and Père Jacques Bunel by John Sullivan, OCDLearning How to Meditate: Fifty Years in Carmel by Kevin Culligan, OCDThe Contemporary Influence of the Carmelite Mystical School by Denis Read, OCDAfterword: The Third Millennium: St. John of the Cross and Interreligious Dialogue in Asia by William Johnston, SJThe Bibliography of Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD Compiled by Regis Jordan, OCD

Through his translations of the works of Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross and his other writings and ministries, Kieran Kavanaugh has been a a major proponent of the Carmelite heritage in the English-speaking world. In his honor, his brothers offer spiritually enriching essays on Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, Edith Stein and Père Jacques Bunel. In his afterword, William Johnston, SJ, an internationally recognized authority on mysticism, stresses the importance of Saint John of the Cross for the future of interfaith dialogue in Asia.

Readers of this volume of this tenth volume of Carmelite Studies will find nourishment for their souls and a deeper appreciation of the Carmelite tradition. 

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