Alessandra Di Rudini - The remarkable biography of the daughter of one of Italy's Premiers. She entered the Carmel of
Paray-le-Monial in France, became Mother Marie of Jesus, and later founded three Carmelite monasteries in that country. $7.50
BI. Frances of Amboise - Biography of the Duchess of Brittany, who after the death of her husband entered the convent she herself had founded
in Brittany, at Couets, near Nancy. $3.75
Carmel in the United States, 1790-1990 - A 300 page chronicle of all the U.S. Carmels, containing the history and photos of each monastery,
with a chronological chart of the foundations, and a special index. $5.00
Edith Stein: Thoughts - English translation of
PENSIERI, published by the Postulazione Generale, Rome. Any book by Edith Stein is a good book. She nevers
lets the reader down. Just be patient for a few pages: she'll come through with something insightful and memorable.
Her autobiography and some of her other books are also displayed at the gift shop. These can be obtained from a variety
of outlets online and no doubt at the local book store. $1.80
Elizabeth Still Speaks - Words of Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity as related by witnesses in the process of her beatification. Here
is another of one of the brightest and most beautiful that Jesus seems to favor in the OCD. Keep Elizabeth nearby
and everything gets better. Learn about the precocious and precious child (who was Jeanette, what about the piano prodigy?).
What or who is Laudem Gloriam? $3.00
Even to the Last Drop - Biography and Letters of Sergio Sorgon, OCD, missionary to Madagascar, martyred in 1985. $7.00
of St. Teresa Margaret - A booklet of her sayings. $1.05
Favorite: Louise de la Valliere - Biography of Sister Louise
of Mercy, Biography of the former beautiful mistress of King Louis XIV. She became a Carmelite in the monastery of Paris where
she lived until her holy death in 1710. $5.70
Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer - by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD. $2.00
- The life of Bl. Mary of the Incarnation, translated from the French of Doctor A.R. Salmon-Malebranche. $4.00
Little Arab - The life of Bl. Mary of Jesus Crucified, translated
from the French of Fr. Amadee Brunot. Read about her startlingly difficult early life and the life-saving
and direct intercession of Our Lady (could this have been more touching?). As time progressed, if anything, Mariam's
life became more remarkable and mysterious: levitations to the tree-tops, utterly puzzling encounters with Satan himself
along with some of his minions (they learn to leave her alone), and more. $9.00
Master of the Spiritual Life
- Biography of Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD. Translated from the italian. $5.00
A Modern Odyssey - The complete Spiritual Notes, together with a biography and the letters of
Sister Frances of the Redemption, who, after having lived several years as a hippie, became a Carmelite nun in Sitagarha,
India where she died in 1979 at the age of 32. Frances was not religious in any sense and in fact wandered into
a stimulating life of travel, excitement, and pleasure. For reasons that are unknowable to mere mortals (Saint Teresa
sometimes mused about His Majesty's seemingly random decisions to engage one or another of us, all of whom are completely
undeserving), God the Father himself visited Frances while she was hiking on a mountain. As one of her superiors in
religion later noted, Frances was granted "an authentic experience of the paternity of God".
From her personal journals, we hear how she so missed her "boyfriend" and grumbled as to why God would want her
to become fat and undesirable while subsisting mostly on rice in the cloister. She had never been taught about Jesus
before and couldn't fathom why she should become "all weepy-eyed over something that happened 2,000 years ago".
We see how Frances had a long way to go at the point of entering the religious life, yet she was completely determined to
grow and fully engaged in the effort to regain that moment and state of being that she had experienced on the mountaintop.
Thoughts from Carmel, I - Booklet of short biographies
and sayings of saintly Carmelites. $1.80
Thoughts from Carmel, II - Another booklet as above. $1.80
Union With God, According to St.
John of the Cross - According to St. John of the Cross.
By Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD. The first english translation made to commemorate the IV centenary of the death
of St. John of the Cross. John of the Cross, the male counterpart to Saint Teresa and co-founder of her Carmelite
reform, was a little person and a true poet. He probably considered himself to be her disciple, although she would not
have let him say so nor encouraged him in that thinking. It is true that he practiced rather severe austerities, and
even more severe trials were imposed on him. Yet he also experienced rapturous moments and ecstasies, as did Saint Teresa,
and not infrequently. Sometimes while saying Mass, which even on a typical day might take a couple of hours, he would
be so carried away by the sublimity and tenderness of the experience, that he would wander off the altar, unaware of himself
or anything else. "Vuelvate, Paloma", he said: My dove, reverse your flight! $7.00