This Book of Meditations is a classic and is seeped in Carmelite spirituality. For every day it offers two meditations in liturgical arrangement that enable the soul to enter the conscious presence of God and to reflect on the theme of the day. These are followed by a ‘Colloquy’ that helps the person at prayer to start a friendly conversation with God where acts of praise and love petition and thanksgiving are made together with good resolutions for the future. Here we are at the very heart of prayer which is a heart-to-heart encounter in faith with the living God.
Divine Intimacy is the highest state attainable on earth. In this union of love the soul produces acts of love which have an immense apostolic influence on a multitude of souls. This knowledge of the ways that lead to God according to the teaching of the renowned Spanish mystics is distilled into the pages of this book.
“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 Saint John XXIII
“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.
About the Author:
Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen O.C.D. 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.’
Just love this spiritual book! It is such a treasure... Thank you!
I began this book months ago after a dear friend recommended it to me. I have found it affirms so much that I have learned over the years from another guide book for our spiritual journey (Ralph Martin's The Fulfillment of All Desire) that I read every year and have gifted to many others. My most recent purchase of this book was for my son and my next two purchases will be for my twin daughters. I hope to gift it to other family members as well because it is so very helpful to me, and I know it will be also to others if they will make it a daily devotional as well. It brings me peace too to know that others, particularly family members, are reading it along with me. The writings are truly Spirit-inspired in my opinion and because of such, they take us even deeper into the revelation of all that Jesus said and did, just as He promised the Holy Spirit would do after He ascended to the Father. This Divinely inspired book is a "must read" for those whose hearts are already burning for more of His guidance, and those who have only just began to devote more time to prayer and development of their spirituality.
Beautifully bound book that should be in every person's library that is serious about growing in their spiritual life.
These spiritual writings are such a gift of enlightenment for the soul! Even though it is laid out for specific days of the year, I can open to any entry and gain much from it. For those who have a basic grounding in the interior life, this will help you progress deeper. Thank you mystic monks for keeping this affordable!
A great spiritual resource for daily inspiration and devotion. A wonderful compliment to the night prayer of compline.