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The Spirituality of the Carmelites of the Ancient Observance
A summary of the lectures given by Blessed Titus Brandsma
in the US in 1936*

  • Antiquity of the Carmelite School.
  • Primitive and fundamental elements.
  • Special vocation to the mystical life.
  • Proper ideas on the mixed life.
  • Contemplation remains “the better part”.
  • Special love of solitude.
  • Practice of the Presence of God.
  • Adoration and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Chivalric ideal school.
  • Harmonious middle course between infused and acquired contemplation.
  • Intimate relationship between the sensible, intellectual, and affective elements of contemplation.
  • Decline and reform.
  • Mitigation of the Rule. Appeal for methodical prayers. Blessed John Soreth.
  • Abstinence and the mitigation of the Rule.
  • Establishment of the Carmelite nuns under the mitigated Rule.
  • Affinity of the Carmelite School to Ruysbroeck and the Devotio Moderna.
  • Strict observance under the mitigated Rule. Reform of Touraine and John of St. Sampson. Aspiration.
  • Two branches of the same trunk.

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*Translation of the article "Carmes" in the Dictionnaire de Spiritualite, fasc. VII, col. 156-171.

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