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Ascent of Mount Carmel

The Carmelite Order was originally devoted to a purely contemplative life. Its members lived as hermits on Mount Carmel, striving to imitate the holy prophets Elias and Eliseus. According to their Rule—...

Spiritual Canticle

This poem and detailed commentary tries to express in human language the soul’s mystical union with God. Highlights three stages of the soul’s journey to God that ends with “spiritual espousal.” Requires...

Living Flame of Love

The mystical life expressed through poetic language. Depicts the soul closely united to God and free of all fear, wholly absorbed in contemplating the Blessed Trinity.