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.’
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After emailing to confirm the book followed the original format (as opposed to later versions with modified reflections), I ordered a copy of "Divine Intimacy." Not only did I receive a detailed response to my product questions in less than 24 hours (on a Saturday), my order arrived much sooner than I expected. The quality of the leather book is superb (as noted in earlier reviews), and its daily readings and reflections clearly distill the essence of Carmelite spirituality. I look forward to rising each morning to begin my day with meditation and prayer using this book. For those wondering if "Divine Intimacy" is worth the price, I can only say that its contents are priceless!
I am not Catholic but I have been looking for a closer relationship to God. It took me some time to figure out the order and where to start. But reading it has become a staple in my spiritual journey. The book itself is beautiful. The content is very thought provoking. Thank you.
I have wanted a copy for a very long time. The price was good, quality exceptional. I started the meditations immediately. I agree with another reviewer: spiritual food. Dear brothers, you are in my prayers. God bless you!
I received the book on Ash Wednesday! Very nicely made, with gilt-edged pages and sewn leather cover. Its size and quality of construction are that of a fine bible. The font is large and easily read even for those with less-than-perfect eyesight. I have just begun to read it and put it into practice, but I have no doubt that I am already gaining spiritually from it. As mentioned, it is formatted in a reflection-per-day style, so it is easily digestible, arriving in small yet profound bites. Actually, each day's reading is sufficient to enjoy a cup of Mystic Monk Coffee - a perfect match, as both body and spirit are then consoled. Written by a spiritual master who was inspired by the great Carmelite Saints Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, this book is ideal for those who desire to focus, not only on God's presence, but also on the grace of spiritual growth which comes from applying its wisdom. Very highly recommended.
This was bought as a gift for a family member. She was familiar with the book but had never found one of this quality. She loves it and is using it as intended.
I ordered "Divine Intimacy" for myself for Lent!
Instead of giving something up, I decided to invest in my prayer life.
I've heard from many people that this started them on the road to creating or improving their prayer life. And, so, I ordered it.
I was thrilled to received it, but had NO idea how amazingly beautiful this book would be! You can actually feel the quality and the richness when holding it in your hands - and I feel certain that comes not only from the quality of the workmanship, but the quality of what is inside. It takes you through the entire year in prayer.
I give thanks to God for this gift, and for Mystic Monk for offering it with FREE shipping.
May God bless the Monks - and I too will keep them in my prayers as I develop a much needed prayer life.
Thank you for making the effort to think about the prayer life of the lay person. It is immersive yet not overwhelming. It gives deeper meaning to the scriptures when meditated on together.
Thank you for your prayers. I will keep the Monks in mine.
I just received this handsome book. Wow two space ribbons, gilded edges and a treasure if well written knowledge. There is a guide on meditation techniques. Almost 1200 pgs with index. Well worth the investment. An heirloom.
I started using this book as soon as I received it . To start with, the quality of the book is the best that I've ever seen. I love the stitched leather cover. It feels good to hold. I am excited to have something to guide me into a deeper relationship with God. I read one meditation in the morning followed by the Colloquy and then read the second meditation at bedtime and follow with the Colloquy again. I know I will be using this book for many years. I am grateful to have found it. I had reached a slump in my prayer life and needed a change. Thank you so very much.
I enthusiastically recommend this book as a gift or for personal contemplation and prayer. The copy I purchased was given to a mentor suffering from a rare and aggressive form of cancer; the daily readings and volume of the book has given him a new source of energy and meaning as he continues daily through the readings. Thank you.
Every Catholic and Christian should have a copy. Wonderful!
I bought this to replace one I lost in a house fire years ago, Very beautiful meditations. Thank you for the brown scapular. The one I have needed to be replaced :)
This book of meditations, is excellent spiritual food, with brings you further along the road to intimacy with Christ. I bought this book because, I love Carmelite spirituality so much!! If your seeking Union with Christ, then this is by far the BEST book of meditations for Catholics (or any serious Christian) I've seen. It's so beautify written. And I'm sure it will speak to your heart, as it does mine. Also you can buy it here for less than on Amazon! You won't regret your purchase.
I enthusiastically recommend this book for anyone who appreciates quiet contemplation and personal prayer. There are hundreds of meditations and colloquies inside this beautifully bound book, rich enough to be treasured for years.
I just bought this book and of course it's going to take me quite a while to go through it, but I'm so glad I decided to buy it with the wonderful coffee. This book is simply Carmelite spirituality -- quiet and contemplative. It's just what I wanted. And I plan to very slowly go through it during the next few years.... the next few decades. Thank you for offering it!!!!