Divine Intimacy is an excellent compendium of Carmelite spirituality.
by Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD
1216 pp. flexible black leather like cover
Divine Intimacy is undoubtedly the classic Carmelite work on meditation – a book that helps one arrive at intimate union with God by the practice of considering holy truths. It is a book that shows how to join prayer and action and put the Catholic doctrine on the spiritual life into practice daily. Divine Intimacy has been translated into all principal languages and has met with extraordinary success, bringing encouragement and spiritual profit to lay people as well as priests and religious. For each day of the year, Fr. Gabriel gives 1) a brief introduction, 2) a two-part meditation, followed by 3) a colloquy – holy acts of love, thanksgiving, petition, resolution, etc., addressed to Our Lord and based on the truths just meditated upon. About three pages are devoted to each day, so it reads quickly, and even the busiest person can use it regularly. The meditations for Sundays are based on the Sunday Gospel readings of the traditional liturgical calendar. Grounding his work on a firm Thomistic basis, Fr. Gabriel (1893-1953) draws from Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the great Carmelite Saints, including St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity. His goal – marvelously achieved – is to cover the whole doctrine of the spiritual life in the course of a year. This is a lifetime book – one that is conceived to be used each day and to be read over and over. Divine Intimacy imparts an absolutely Catholic view of life and prepares the reader for the greatest possible union with God this side of Heaven.
For a guide of readings and how to use the meditations according to the liturgical year, please visit this link: https://www.baronius.com/media/sample_pages/divine-intimacy-calendar-2023.pdf The Divine Intimacy was intended it to be read in parallel with the pre-Vatican II Roman Rite liturgical calendar. This guide aims to assist readers, especially those who might not be familiar with that calendar, to read the meditations in their proper order.
This Guide is based on the pre-Vatican II Roman liturgical calendar as found in the 1962 Daily Missal. In addition to the cycle of daily meditations, there are additional meditations for specific feasts. On days when more than one meditation is assigned, the reader is free to choose which one to read. The feast or feria observed on any particular day is indicated in regular text; Sundays are in bold. Simple commemorations are in italics. On days when 3rd class feasts and commemorations fall on days with higher precedence, the former are placed in parentheses. Third-class feasts that according to the decree “Cum Sanctissima” (Feb. 22, 2020) may not be impeded, are marked by an asterisk (except when these fall on Sundays or higher feasts).
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