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Edited by Keith J. Egan
This collection of essays by prominent Carmelite scholars responds to the widespread interest in the prayer that has inspired Carmelites and their followers for eight centuries. From its origins around 1200, through the sixteenth century of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross, and into the late nineteenth century when Thérèse of Lisieux broke onto the spiritual scene with a fresh look at how to be a saint, the Carmelite tradition has inspired laity and clergy with its emphasis on contemplative prayer. Besides an examination of the spirituality of these three Carmelite doctors of the church, the essays in this book explore recent currents of Carmelite prayer, including the contributions to that tradition of Edith Stein who was martyred at Auschwitz.