Divine Intimacy Calendar 2018 Now Available
“This book of meditations [Divine Intimacy] 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
I have been using Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen’s Divine Intimacy for meditation and prayer for several years and can’t recommend it highly enough. The structure of each day’s meditations leads you to enter into a conversation with God. You begin with the Presence of God (a short statement that orientates you toward Him), followed by two meditations, which can be broken up into two separate sessions for the day or read together. Finally the soul begins to reflect on these texts and goes on to the “...colloquy or conversation with God, which — according to the Teresian concept — is the ‘heart’ of mental prayer.” [Divine Intimacy, p. xiii]
Throughout this beautiful work, Fr. Gabriel makes liberal use of the wisdom of all our Carmelite saints, especially St. Teresa of Ávila, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, St. John of the Cross, Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity, and St. Teresa Margaret of the Heart of Jesus. He also quotes from the Roman Breviary, the Roman Missal and St. Thomas Aquinas. Divine Intimacy is steeped in Carmelite spirituality and I use it as my spiritual director.
Divine Intimacy Calendar
You can read the material in Fr. Gabriel’s book based on the chapters that interest you but if you’d like to follow the liturgical seasons, you may be interested in downloading the free 2018 calendar guide prepared by Chris Larmour PDF— a former seminarian, who created and continues to maintain the calendar as a labor of love. I have found it very helpful.
About Father Gabriel:
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.’ [Bio source: Baronius Press]